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AÁntonia3: some time ago I was going
through some old papers and came across a letter4 written by Mr. W. C.
Brownell5 to Viola Roseboro6'
when he first read "My Antonia". I am sending it to you in his own beautiful
and also a typewritten copy7.
fFor beautiful script is often cruel to one's eyes. I send it simply
because it just strikes me that the critics of the old school were so much more
sensitive and penetrating than those of the new. Here was a man so definitely
and rather stiff in his approach to
all his pet writers of the Eighteenth century, and yet he was so much more
discerning and catholic in his judgment of the
a roughneck helter-skelter piece of work,
which had nothing to do with the kind of life he had always lived, the kind of
people who were his friends and the writers whom he most admired. Glance through it
before you send it back to me, and tell me whether you don't agree with me.