Villa Rubein and Other Stories

Author: John Galsworthy
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 95,649 / 270 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 49.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 589
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Villa Rubein; A Man of Devon; A Knight; Salvation of a Forsyte; The Silence

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I confess to have always looked for a certain flavour in the writings of others, and craved it for my own, believing that all true vision is so coloured by the temperament of the seer, as to have not only the just proportions but the essential novelty of a living thing for, after all, no two living things are alike. A work of fiction should carry the hall mark of its author as surely as a Goya, a Daumier, a Velasquez, and a Mathew Maris, should be the unmistakable creations of those masters. This is not to speak of tricks and manners which lend themselves to that facile elf, the caricaturist, but of a certain individual way of seeing and feeling. A young poet once said of another and more popular poet: "Oh! yes, but be cuts no ice. "And, when one came to think of it, he did not; a certain flabbiness of spirit, a lack of temperament, an absence, perhaps, of the ironic, or passionate, view, insubstantiated his work; it had no edge--just a felicity which passed for distinction with the crowd.

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