ABSTRACT

Itisasadexperiencetofindthatawriterwhohasalwaysdelightedus hithertohasnolongerthesamepowertoplease.Iamsurethatothers ofMr.James'sadmirersbesidesmemusthaveundergonethisexperiencelately....Thatagoodmanypersonsdidnotagreewithusin ourestimateofthisauthormatteredlittletoushisadmirers,anditdid notaffectourenjoymentofhiswritingsthatdullreadersfailedtosec thepointoftheirsatire,andrabidAmerican'patriotism'thoughtit detectedsnobbishnessoneverypage.Butwhatworsechargecanbe broughtagainstanauthorthanthatheisdull?andiftheaccusationbe truewhatexcusecanbemade?Inthe'ImpressionsofaCousin',agreat falling-offbecameapparent....