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Familiar Studies of Men & Books - Robert Louis Stevenson

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Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

PREFACE
BY WAY OF CRITICISM.



THESE studies are collected from the monthly press.  One
appeared in the NEW QUARTERLY, one in MACMILLAN'S, and the
rest in the CORNHILL MAGAZINE.  To the CORNHILL I owe a
double debt of thanks; first, that I was received there in
the very best society, and under the eye of the very best of
editors; and second, that the proprietors have allowed me to
republish so considerable an amount of copy.

These nine worthies have been brought together from many
different ages and countries.  Not the most erudite of men
could be perfectly prepared to deal with so many and such
various sides of human life and manners.  To pass a true
judgment upon Knox and Burns implies a grasp upon the very
deepest strain of thought in Scotland, - a country far more
essentially different from England than many parts of
America; for, in a sense, the first of these men re-created
Scotland, and the second is its most essentially national
production.  To treat fitly of Hugo and Villon would involve
yet wider knowledge, not only of a country foreign to the
author by race, history, and religion, but of the growth and
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