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THE

AND OTHER PAPERS

BY

BLISS PERRY
Author of "Park-Street Papers," " A Study of Poetry'

The American Mind," etc.

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BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
The Riverside Press Cambridge

COPYRIGHT, 1923, BY BLISS PERRY

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The Riverside Press
CAMBRIDGE · MASSACHUSETTS

PRINTED IN THE U.S.A.

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In which the Author presents his Excuses,

Hat in Hand Most of these papers have already been printed. “But why, then, publish?" as Pope once remarked. I fear that I cannot answer that searching question very satisfactorily. My previous collections of essays have been kindly received, but I cannot pretend that the welcome was embarrassingly uproarious. Perhaps I like the quieter reception better, not being used to the other kind. At any rate, I am grateful for the courteous permission of the editors of the “Yale Review," the Century," the “Nation," the "Harvard Graduates' Magazine," and the “Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Letters," to allow me to reprint some of the biographical and critical essays contained in this volume. Many of them, like the title essay, “The Praise of Folly," the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa address on “Poetry and Politics," and the study of “Literary Criticism in American Periodicals" — originally delivered as the Bromley Lectures at Yale in 1914 – were written primarily for academic public occasions, and I

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