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Classic Review: A Tramp Abroad

A Tramp Abroad (Modern Library Classics) by Mark Twain

Reviewed by William Dean Howells
The Atlantic Monthly

"[Ed. Note. This review first ran in the Atlantic Monthly, May 1880.]

In the natural disgust of a creative mind for the following that vulgarizes and cheapens its work, Mr. Tennyson spoke in parable concerning his verse:

"Most can raise the flower now,
For all have got the seed.
And some are pretty enough,
And some are poor indeed;
And now again the people
Call it but a weed."

But this bad effect is to the final loss of the rash critic rather than the poet, who necessarily survives imitation, and appeals to posterity as singly as if nobody had tried to ape him; while those who rejected him, along with his copyists, have meantime thrown away a great pleasure...." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.

One Response to "Classic Review: A Tramp Abroad"

    Amir FaSaad February 2nd, 2007 at 10:47 am

    To whom,
    Talk about,in love with your own language!
    Could this guy get a job tody ? The following is an example of one of many 'run-on-sentences' that made this review a pain to read.
    "Every account of European travel, or European life, by a writer who is worth reading for any reason, is something, for our reflection and possible instruction; and in this delightful work of a man of most original and characteristic genius "the average American" will find much to enlighten as well as amuse him, much to comfort and stay him in such Americanism as is worth having, and nothing to flatter him in a mistaken national vanity or a stupid national prejudice."
    I guess this is what you get when reading and watching the fireplace was all you could do during what "liesure" time their was available!?!

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