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Excerpt from The Cyclopedia of American LiteratureThe title of this work justifies an expectation of its embracing a careful, and exhaustive exhibition of the literature and literary history of the United States, full and exact in bibliographicalMoreExcerpt from The Cyclopedia of American LiteratureThe title of this work justifies an expectation of its embracing a careful, and exhaustive exhibition of the literature and literary history of the United States, full and exact in bibliographical information, rich in personal reminiscences connected with literary life, complete in that entire circle of facts which illustrate our intellectual advancement, and indicative of a candid and judicial temper on the part of its authors. The Cyclopedia of American Literature if judged only by its name, and the extraordinary preliminary commendations it has received, would probably find its way to the principal public and private libraries of this country and Europe.It has been said, perhaps with perfect sincerity, that the work of exhibiting the past history of American letters is now done, for the first time, and for all time, since the capacities of the human mind are not likely to admit of any improvement upon what the Messrs. Duyckinck have here accomplished. Perhaps it is so- but the most consummate displays of genius and executive ability have never been held to be privileged among critics- their only just advantage has been a repelling power against injustice- and we may venture to examine what seems to be the common judgment in this case, therefore, without presumption, and with a perfect assurance that if we err in our estimation of the merits of the production before us, those merits, more truly appreciated by others, will be a sufficient foil against our errors.The time has passed when a reviewers epithets, commending or condemning a book, were conclusive as to its qualities.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.