Excerpt from In Praise of Cambridge: An Anthology in Prose and Verse Cambridge is one of the best abused and best loved places in England. When I began to collect pieces for this anthology I quickly perceived that it would be impossible to conform literally to my pre-ordained title on pain of excluding many of the most famous and nearly all the most amusing things that have been written about us. This was a relief in a way; for undiluted eulogy is motous at the best, and the ordinary run of enthusiastic writing about academic scenes becomes, when taken in large quantities, positively nauseating. I therefore abandoned all attempt to make this collection uniformly rose-coloured, and I hope that the inconsistency will be forgiven for the sake of the resulting advantages. Misleading indeed, as well as dull, would be a book about Cambridge which should rule out everything that has been said to her dispraise - Milton's indignation against college plays, the complaints of the unkwn genius who wrote the 'Parnassus' plays, the thrice-concocted spleen of Gray's satire, Warton's Oxonian malice, the ponderous gloom of Bentley's verses, Byron's petulant contempt, Wordsworth's retrospective disapproval, the growlings of Carlyle, and, to come to our own day, the gibes of Mr. H. G. Wells. These, then, and many others, wilfully offensive or morally denunciatory, find a place between these covers. The fact is that more men who have become eminent in letters have been bred at Cambridge than at any other University, yet if she has worked in them, it has been dumbly, hardly ever firing their imagination or prompting them directly to any passionate utterance in prose or verse. The town is t poetic, r, on the whole, for all its venerable beauty of building and grove, is the University. A host of smaller scribblers may draw their inspiration from academic life, its quaint traditional appurtenances and thinly romantic atmosphere; the great ones have remained unmoved, or, if moved, it is too often to cursing. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.