Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Review of The Indicator and Companion,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. XII: Literary Criticism - part 04 (1902), pp. 237-238


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WILEY & PUTNAMS LIBRARY OF CHOICE READING. NO. XX. THE INDICATOR AND COMPANION. BY LEIGH HUNT. PART II.

[Broadway Journal, Aug. 30, 1845.]

THIS volume contains some two or three papers which are worth preserving — which have in them the elements of life — and which will leave a definite and perhaps a permanent impression upon every one who reads them In general, however, it is made up of that species of easy writing which is not the easiest reading. We find here too much of slipshodiness, both in thought and manner, and too little of determined purpose. The tone is not that of a bold genius uttering vigorous filings carelessly and inconsiderately, with contempt or neglect of method or completeness, but rather that of a naturally immethodical and inaccurate intellect, making a certain air of ruggedn