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The Essay In The Early Twentieth Century

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Arthur Christopher Benson

SOURCE: "The Art of the Essayist," in Types and Times in the Essay, edited by Warner Taylor, Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1932, pp. 3-12.

[Benson was an English educator and author. Although he was a prolific poet, novelist, and biographer, he is best known for such volumes of essays as The Upton Letters (190S), From a College Window (1906), and Beside Still Waters (1907). In the following essay, Benson offers an overview of the characteristics of the essay form.]

There is a pleasant story of an itinerant sign-painter who in going his rounds came to a village inn upon whose signboard he had...

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