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Books and Persons

Being Comments on a Past Epoch 1908-1911

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Author: Arnold Bennett
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 62,574 / 190 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.1
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,373
Added to site: 2005.04.27
mnybks.net#: 10180
Genre: Criticism
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nstitution. By all means let us count the brothers Murray as a national institution, even as an Imperial institution. But let us guard against the notion, everywhere cropping up, that such "houses" as the dignified and wealthy house of Murray are in some mysterious way responsible for English literature, part-authors of English literature, to whom half of the glory of English literature is due. It is well to remember now and then that publishers who have quite squarely made vast sums out of selling the work of creative artists are not thereby creative artists themselves. A publisher is a tradesman; infinitely less an artist than a tailor is an artist. Often a publisher knows what the public will buy in literature. Very rarely he knows what is good literature. Scarcely ever will he issue a distinguished book exclusively because it is a distinguished book. And he is right, for he is only a tradesman. But to judge from the otiose majesty of some publishers, one would imagine that they had written at least "Child

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