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Logan Pearsall Smith

Date de naissance: 18. octobre 1865
Date de décès: 2. mars 1946

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Logan Pearsall Smith, né le 18 octobre 1865 à Millville et mort le 2 mars 1946 à Londres, est un essayiste et critique littéraire américain qui vit au Royaume-Uni. Connu pour ses aphorismes et ses épigrammes, il doit aussi sa notoriété à son autobiographie, Unforgotten Years .

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Citations Logan Pearsall Smith

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„Thank heavens, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it.“

— Logan Pearsall Smith
"Last words" — these are not actually Smith's last words, but a section title).

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„The disconcerting fact may first be pointed out that if you write badly about good writing, however profound may be your convictions or emphatic your expression of them, your style has a tiresome trick (as a wit once pointed out) of whispering: ‘Don’t listen!’ in your readers’ ears. And it is possible also to suggest that the promulgation of new-fangled aesthetic dogmas in unwieldy sentences may be accounted for—not perhaps unspitefully—by a certain deficiency in aesthetic sensibility; as being due to a lack of that delicate, unreasoned, prompt delight in all the varied and subtle manifestations in which beauty may enchant us.
Or, if the controversy is to be carried further; and if, to place it on a more modern basis, we adopt the materialistic method of interpreting aesthetic phenomena now in fashion, may we not find reason to believe that the antagonism between journalist critics and the fine writers they disapprove of is due in its ultimate analysis to what we may designate as economic causes? Are not the authors who earn their livings by their pens, and those who, by what some regard as a social injustice, have been more or less freed from this necessity—are not these two classes of authors in a sort of natural opposition to each other? He who writes at his leisure, with the desire to master his difficult art, can hardly help envying the profits of money-making authors.“

— Logan Pearsall Smith
criticizing the Cambridge School of criticism, e.g. John Middleton Murry and Herbert Read, “Fine Writing,” pp. 306-307

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