These essays are wrapped in a mist of scholarly predilection, so to call it, and there is a pleasant bookish influence in the reading. It is well-known to discriminating readers that the true essay has little in common with true criticism. Mr. Stanley is better equipped for writing essays than for making critiques. His taste is good, his style clear and strong: yet when he writes on "The Secret of Style" he plainly discloses that he does not know the difference between style and a scheme of diction. The opening paragraph of ...

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