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1868. Excerpt: ... Art. XII.--Charles Dickens. To give so much
pleasure, to add so much to the happiness of the world, by his
writings, as Mr. Dickens has succeeded in doing, is a felicity that
has never been attained in such full measure by any other author.
For the space of a generation he has done his beneficent work, and
there are few Englishspeaking men or women who do not feel
themselves under peculiar obligation to the great novelist, and
bound to him, not by any mere cold literary tie, but by the warm
and vital cords of personal sympathy. The critic gladly lays down
his pen in presence of a genius which has won for itself such a
recognition, and willingly adopts the words of Ben Jonson in
addressing one of his great contemporaries: --"I yield, I yield.
The matter of your praise Flows in upon me, and I cannot raise A
bank against it: nothing but the round, Large clasp of Nature such
a wit can bound." If we reflect what contemporary literature would
be without Dickens's works, --how much enjoyment would be taken out
of our lives, --how much knowledge of human nature and feeling for
it, how much genial humor, how much quickening of sympathy, how
much heartiness, would be lost, had this long series of books never
appeared, we can better appreciate what we owe to their writer.
Gratitude is often a clumsy virtue, and Mr. Dickens has had
abundant experience of it, in its most awkward as well as in its
graceful forms. But even the least attractive expressions of it
retain something of the charm which belongs to every sincere
manifestation of feeling, and in Mr. Dickens's case the truth is
that he has been willing to make everybody his friend; and there is
in him, as he has said of himself, so much human nature, that we
may trust no expression of honest regard is wasted on him....
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