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Interludes being Two Essays, a Story, and Some Verses   By: (1836-1922)

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Interludes being Two Essays, a Story, and Some Verses by Horace Smith is a thought-provoking collection of writings that seamlessly blend various genres to create a captivating reading experience.

This book is divided into three distinct sections, each offering a different literary form. The first section consists of two insightful essays that explore profound themes and challenge traditional perspectives. Smith's keen intellect shines through as he delves into philosophical questions and cultural criticism. His articulate arguments and eloquent prose make these essays a highlight of the collection.

The second section presents a captivating story that combines elements of romance and mystery. Smith's storytelling skills are unparalleled, as he weaves an intricate plot filled with suspense and surprises. The characters come to life on the pages, with their complex emotions and vivid personalities. The story, although captivating, also serves as a platform for Smith to subtly convey deeper philosophical ideas, making it more than just a simple narrative.

The final section of the book offers a collection of verses, displaying Smith's talent as a poet. His poetry has a lyrical quality that engages the reader's imagination and evokes vivid imagery. From profound reflections on life and nature to lighter, humorous pieces, Smith's versatility as a poet shines through. Every poem carries its own unique charm, leaving a lasting impression.

What sets Interludes apart from other collections is Smith's ability to seamlessly transition between these different formats while maintaining a cohesive thematic thread throughout. Each section complements and enhances the others, creating a harmonious blend of literature that is both intellectually stimulating and emotionally resonant.

Beyond the beautiful prose and engaging storytelling, Interludes also offers readers a glimpse into the mind of the author. Smith's passion for knowledge and his desire to understand the complexities of human existence permeate every page. His keen observations on society, culture, and the human condition provoke thought and reflection, making this book not only enjoyable to read but also intellectually satisfying.

In conclusion, Interludes being Two Essays, a Story, and Some Verses by Horace Smith is a remarkable collection that showcases the author's undeniable talent and versatility. With its thought-provoking essays, captivating storytelling, and enchanting poetry, this book is a must-read for anyone seeking a rich and rewarding literary experience.

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INTERLUDES BEING TWO ESSAYS, A STORY, AND SOME VERSES

BY HORACE SMITH

London MACMILLAN AND CO AND NEW YORK 1892

ESSAYS.

I. ON CRITICISM.

Criticism is the art of judging. As reasonable persons we are called upon to be constantly pronouncing judgment, and either acting upon such judgment ourselves or inviting others to do so. I do not know how anything can be more important with respect to any matter than the forming a right judgment about it. We pray that we may have "a right judgment in all things." I am aware that it is an old saying that "people are better than their opinions," and it is a mercy that it is so, for very many persons not only are full of false opinions upon almost every subject, but even think that it is of no consequence what opinions they hold. Whether a particular action is morally right or wrong, or whether a book or a picture is really good or bad, is a matter upon which they form either no judgment or a wrong one with perfect equanimity. The secret of this state of mind is, I think, that it is on the whole too much bother to form a correct judgment; and it is so much easier to let things slide, and to take the good the gods provide you, than to carefully hold the scales until the balance is steady. But can anybody doubt that this abdication of the seat of judgment by large numbers of people is most hurtful to mankind? Does anyone believe that there would be so many bad books, bad pictures, and bad buildings in the world if people were more justly critical? Bad things continue to be produced in profusion, and worse things are born of them, because a vast number of people do not know that the things are bad, and do not care, even if they do know... Continue reading book >>




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