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This etext was produced by David Widger  

[NOTE: There is a short list of bookmarks, or pointers, at the end of
this file, for those who may wish to sample the author's ideas before
making an entire meal of them.  D.W.] 

LITERATURE AND LIFE--American Literary Centers 

by William Dean Howells 

AMERICAN LITERARY CENTRES 

One of the facts which we Americans have a difficulty in making clear to
a rather inattentive world outside is that, while we have apparently a
literature of our own, we have no literary centre.  We have so much
literature that from time to time it seems even to us we must have a
literary centre.  We say to ourselves, with a good deal of logic, Where
there is so much smoke there must be some fire, or at least a fireplace.

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