Mary Augusta Ward | Critical Essay by William Lyon Phelps (essay Date 1910)

This literature criticism consists of approximately 14 pages of analysis & critique of Mary Augusta Ward.
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Critical Essay by William Lyon Phelps (essay Date 1910)

[In the following excerpt, Phelps challenges Ward's high literary reputation.]

It is high time that somebody spoke out his mind about Mrs. Humphry Ward. Her prodigious vogue is one of the most extraordinary literary phenomena of our day. A roar of approval greets the publication of every new novel from her active pen, and it is almost pathetic to contemplate the reverent awe of her army of worshippers when they behold the solemn announcement that she is "collecting material" for another masterpiece. Even professional reviewers lose all sense of proportion when they discuss her books, and their so-called criticisms sound like publishers' advertisements. Sceptics are warned to remain silent, lest they become unpleasantly conspicuous. When Lady Rose's Daughter appeared, the critic of a great metropolitan daily remarked that whoever did not immediately recognise the...

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