To the Editors:

This antiphon from T.L. Peacock’s “Headlong Hall” may amuse you and your readers:

Mr. Escot: I conceive that periodical criticism disseminates superficial knowledge, and its perpetual adjunct, vanity; that it checks in the youthful mind the habit of thinking for itself; that it delivers partial opinions, and thereby misleads the judgment; that it is never conducted with a view to the general interest of literature, but to serve the ends of individuals, and the miserable purposes of party.

Mr. MacLaurel: Ye ken, sir, a mon mun leeve.

Alexander Doniphan Wallace

Metairie, Louisiana

This Issue

October 18, 1973