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American literary Historian, Critic and Biographer whose Finders and Makers series traces American literary history in rich biographical detail from 1800 to 1915. 1886-1963

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The American mind, unlike the English, is not formed by books, but, as Carl Sandburg once said to me, . . . by newspapers and the Bible.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Those of our writers who have possessed a vivid personal talent have been paralyzed by a want of social background.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“People of small caliber are always carping. They are bent on showing their own superiority, their knowledge or prowess or good breeding.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The man who has the courage of his platitudes is always a successful man.”

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