Excerpt from Footprints Beneath the Snow: A Novel
My Dear Master and Friend:
Many years have gone by, - now nearly twenty - since an unknown youth sent you his first volume of essays, - a book bearing every evidence of extreme youth, but witnessing also to the writer's passion for literature. Instead of the non-committal card of thanks which I might have expected, I received from you a most perspicacious, most illuminating commentary on "Ames Modernes" the weakness of which as criticism I now realise. With that wide outlook, that art of word painting, which I had admired in your "Essays on Contemporary Psychology," with that benevolence for the coming generation which is the evidence of reverence for letters, you gave me such counsel as an elder would give to a younger brother, adding these words of encouragement: "It is long since I have enjoyed reading anything as much as this volume of yours..." Such words from the author of "Crime d'Amour" and of the "Disciple" and even more perhaps the criticisms which accompanied and modified them, were enough to give a beginner a feeling of walking on air.
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