American Literary Centers (from Literature and Life)
pubOne.info present you this new edition. One of the facts which we Americans have a difficulty in making clear to a rather inattentive world outside is that, while we have apparently a literature of our own, we have no literary centre. We have so much literature that from time to time it seems even to us we must have a literary centre. We say to ourselves, with a good deal of logic, Where there is so much smoke there must be some fire, or at least a fireplace. But it is just here that, misled by tradition, and even by history, we deceive ourselves. Really, we have no fireplace for such fire as we have kindled, or, if any one is disposed to deny this, then I say, we have a dozen fireplaces, which is quite as bad, so far as the notion of a literary centre is concerned, if it is not worse.
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