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Plum Pudding Of Divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned   By: (1890-1957)

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PLUM PUDDING

Of divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned

by

CHRISTOPHER MORLEY

And merrily embellished by WALTER JACK DUNCAN

Printed at Garden City, New York, by Doubleday, Page & Co'y and are to be sold by All Worthy Booksellers, together with Other Works by the Same Author, thus modestly offered to your Attention

1921

Copyright, 1921, by Doubleday, Page & Company

All Rights Reserved, Including That Of Translation Into Foreign Languages, Including The Scandinavian

Copyright, 1910, by Public Ledger Company Copyright, 1920, 1921, by the New York Evening Post, Inc. Copyright, 1920, by the Outlook Company Copyright, 1921, By the Atlantic Monthly Company

Printed at Garden City, N.Y., U.S.A.

First Edition

BOOKS BY CHRISTOPHER MORLEY

PARNASSUS ON WHEELS THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP SHANDYGAFF MINCE PIE PIPEFULS KATHLEEN TALES FROM A ROLLTOP DESK SONGS FOR A LITTLE HOUSE THE ROCKING HORSE HIDE AND SEEK CHIMNEYSMOKE TRAVELS IN PHILADELPHIA PLUM PUDDING

THIS BOOK IS DEDICATED TO

DAVID WILLIAM BONE DON MARQUIS SIMEON STRUNSKY

MEMBERS OF THE THREE HOURS FOR LUNCH CLUB

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Almost all these sketches were originally published in the New York Evening Post and the Literary Review . One comes from The Outlook , one from The Atlantic Monthly , one from the Haverford Alumni Quarterly , and one from the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger . The author is indebted to these publishers for permission to reprint.

Roslyn, Long Island July, 1921

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CONTENTS

The Perfect Reader The Autogenesis of a Poet The Old Reliable In Memoriam, Francis Barton Gummere Adventures at Lunch Time Secret Transactions of the Three Hours for Lunch Club Initiation Creed of the Three Hours for Lunch Club A Preface to the Profession of Journalism Fulton Street, and Walt Whitman McSorley's A Portrait Going to Philadelphia Our Tricolour Tie The Club of Abandoned Husbands West Broadway The Rudeness of Poets 1100 Words Some Inns The Club in Hoboken The Club at Its Worst A Suburban Sentimentalist Gissing A Dialogue At the Gasthof zum Ochsen Mr. Conrad's New Preface The Little House Tadpoles Magic in Salamis Consider the Commuter The Permanence of Poetry Books of the Sea Fallacious Meditations on Criticism Letting Out the Furnace By the Fireplace A City Note Book Thoughts in the Subway Dempsey vs. Carpentier A Letter to a Sea Captain

PLUM PUDDING

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THE PERFECT READER

On Christmas Eve, while the Perfect Reader sits in his armchair immersed in a book so absorbed that he has let the fire go out I propose to slip gently down the chimney and leave this tribute in his stocking. It is not a personal tribute. I speak, on behalf of the whole fraternity of writers, this word of gratitude and envy.

No one who has ever done any writing, or has any ambition toward doing so, can ever be a Perfect Reader. Such a one is not disinterested. He reads, inevitably, in a professional spirit. He does not surrender himself with complete willingness of enjoyment. He reads "to see how the other fellow does it"; to note the turn of a phrase, the cadence of a paragraph; carrying on a constant subconscious comparison with his own work. He broods constantly as to whether he himself, in some happy conjuncture of quick mind and environing silence and the sudden perfect impulse, might have written something like that. He is (poor devil) confessedly selfish. On every page he is aware of his own mind running with him, tingling him with needle pricks of conscience for the golden chapters he has never written... Continue reading book >>




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