This little book was written before either Jane Eyre or Shirley,and yet no indulgence can be solicited for it on the plea of a first attempt. A first attempt it certainly was not, as the pen which wrote it had been previously worn a good deal in a practice of some years. I had not indeed published anything before I commenced The Professor, but in many a crude effort, destroyed almost as soon as composed, I had got over any such taste as I might once have had for ornamented and redundant composition, and come to prefer what was plain and homely. At the same time I had adopted a set of principles on the subject of incident,such as would be generally approved in theory, but the result of which, when carried out into practice, often procures for an author more surprise than pleasure.
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June 30, 2010
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