Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
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to justify mein the language of complaint. My critics have
usually been indulgent to me far beyond my merits ; and I can
see a thousand imperfections in my own books which they
have either failed to discover, or forborne, in tenderness, to
dwell upon. Farther, I may confess--and I find no shame in
doing so whenever they have dwelt upon deficiencies and
defects, I am persuaded that, in most cases, they have done so
with perfect justice. In many instances I have availed my-
self of their opinions, and subsequent editions of my stories
have always borne testimony to the readiness with which,
whenever this has been the case, I have adopted their sugges-
tions. Sometimes, it is true, an occasional personal and un-
friendly reference perhaps a show of feelings even more
equivocal in the case of some random reviewer has grazed
harshly upon sensibilities which are not legitimate topics of
critical examination ; but even these evidences of unjust as-
sumption and false position have been more than counteracted
by the considerate indulgence of the vast majority the kind-
ness of the reader having more than neutralized the asperities
of the reviewer.
But while, in general, the opinions of the critic are acknowl-
edged with respect and held in regard, there are one or two
topics upon which I would willingly be justified with him.
One friendly reviewer �a gentleman whose praise has usually
been of the most generous and least qualified character one
whose taste and genius are alike unquestionable, and whose
own achievements in this department give him a perfect right
to be heard on all matters of romance�has made some few
objections to portions of the Partisan," and with all defer-
ence to his good judgment, and after the most cautious con-
sideration I am persuaded, with injustice. He objects to
that story, in the first place, as abrupt and incomplete. That
it is u7fni,shed that the nice band has been wanting to
smooth down and subdue its rude outlines into grace and soft-
ness in many Harts I doubt not�I deny not. The work
was too rapidly prepared for that ; and the finish of art can
only be claimed by a people with whom art is a leading object. No other people are well able to pay for it no other people