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October 1962

Adventures in Criticism

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(4):546-547. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620220138026

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Adventures in Criticism consists of a series of essays, more or less casual pieces, for the school paper written by the Cambridge scholar Quiller-Couch. He was a man with a strong personality, a vigorous character, an enthusiam for excellence. He took time to become an ardent sailor. He was one of the rare people who blended taste, selection, and perceptive critique in a prose style so fresh and clear that it has been the despair of those who wish to emulate it. Here, as an example, is what he says about walking, though I might equally well have picked out at random something from any page. "You take the most ordinary country walk. How many millions of leaves and stones and blades of grass do you pass without perceiving them at all? How many thousands of others do you perceive, and at once allow to slip into oblivion? Suppose you

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