EMERSON. [To THE EDITOR OF TRH "SPECTATOR:] SIR,—I have just
read with pleasure your very interesting article upon " Emerson " in your issue of February 10th.
There is one rather sweeping remark made that, as a book- . Beller, I think needs qualifying : " Fewer educated men, we suppose, read him to-day than any other writer of equal value." For some years past I have always found Emerson one of the safest of stocks, and I should hope that other houses have found him so too. Does not the fact that this new edition of Messrs. COnstable appears suggest that they expect "educated" readers to become possessed of it ? while the delightful and handy reprints of Messrs. Bell and Sons' set in "The York Library" point the same way. Then, again, the four-volume set of 'The Riverside Edition," which appeared in place of the many volumes of the earlier edition only about three years ago, also has shared in a very fair reception from the best of one's customers. In fairness, however, to your article, I quote the next sentence to the words I demur at : "And yet a revival must surely come." I think the suggested revival is already with us ; that it may continue and grow is the wish of one who has been led by his appreciation of
your article to make these few words of comment.—I am,