Thursday, March 10, 2016

Well Said: Criticism and Authors

In a recent criticism on this position I saw it remarked that all this is reading into Dickens something that he did not mean; and I have been told that it would have greatly surprised Dickens to be informed that he "went down the broad road of the Revolution." Of course it would. Criticism does not exist to say about authors the things that they knew themselves. It exists to say the things about them which they did not know themselves.

G.K. Chesterton, Appreciations and Criticisms

of the Works of Charles Dickens

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