Life On The Mississippi By Mark Twain




















































































































































 -  If one take up a Northern or
Southern literary periodical of forty or fifty years ago, he will find
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If One Take Up A Northern Or Southern Literary Periodical Of Forty Or Fifty Years Ago, He Will Find It Filled With Wordy, Windy, Flowery 'eloquence,' Romanticism, Sentimentality - All Imitated From Sir Walter, And Sufficiently Badly Done, Too - Innocent Travesties Of His Style And Methods, In Fact.

This sort of literature being the fashion in both sections of the country, there was opportunity for the fairest competition; and as a consequence, the South was able to show as many well-known literary names, proportioned to population, as the North could.

But a change has come, and there is no opportunity now for a fair competition between North and South. For the North has thrown out that old inflated style, whereas the Southern writer still clings to it - clings to it and has a restricted market for his wares, as a consequence. There is as much literary talent in the South, now, as ever there was, of course; but its work can gain but slight currency under present conditions; the authors write for the past, not the present; they use obsolete forms, and a dead language. But when a Southerner of genius writes modern English, his book goes upon crutches no longer, but upon wings; and they carry it swiftly all about America and England, and through the great English reprint publishing houses of Germany - as witness the experience of Mr. Cable and Uncle Remus, two of the very few Southern authors who do not write in the Southern style.

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