Uncle Sam:: And Old:: World Conquerors (Classic Reprint)
TO publish the fragment of a work of imagination would seem to argue haste and fear. Why not wait until the work is a completed whole before appearing in print? What is good in literature can afford to abide its time. It docs not depend upon the verdict of the contemporary if the author is truly consecrated, that is, urges no personal demand. Why should he not selflessly devote his life to his ideal even at the risk of appealing posthumously to posterity?
All such considerations have been conscientiously weighed and set aside as irrelevant. This work is the fruit of a life-long passion, of an enthusiasm more and more cruelly and clearly compelling to definite and often most uncongenial utterance.
What is intended to constitute a challenge to one's people should not be the product of any individual as such. What is posthumously published is fatally finished beyond further shaping by the author's mind. It should have the living co-operation of the contemporary. A national ideal should be therefore projected in an unconscious and anonymous co-mentation. The thought and the feeling of the many individuals, that is to say, should be caught up in a larger social interest, which utters the folk-genius in imperative forms. Some artist should then appear to unify and control the spiritual material thus perfected. By this process more or less have been actually fashioned the world's greatest masterpieces.
But to-day we are all, everywhere, particularly in our country, the victims of rapid transit, and of the swift means of indiscriminate communication. The individual, the group, the mass are not granted the leisure and freedom from self-conscious criticism.
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