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There are two points of view from which every book may be observed; one from without and the other from within. In the former case, it is compared with other books upon the same subject, or exposed to the test of an ideal standard. The critic ventures to assert whether at better book might not have been written with the materials at command, whether all the sources of information have been examined, whether the ground has been gone over superficially or thoroughly, and whether a spirit of accuracy presides over the minor details of names and dates. A judgment of this sort supposes in the critic a. knowledge of the subject equal at least to that of the author whom he is reviewing.
Livre de Lyon
Ticknor’s History, Spanish Literature
Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature | Spanish Literature
G. S. H., "Review of Ticknor’s History of Spanish Literature" (2020). Philology. 16.