Excerpt from The New Criticism: A Lecture Delivered at Columbia University, March 9, 1910 With a woman's revengefulness and a woman's sensuousness, a critic without a standard, without firmness, and without backbone. Here it is the impressionist in sainte-beuve that arouses the German's wrath. But in the same breath we find Nietzsche blaming him for holding up objectivity as a mask; and it is on this objective side that sainte-beuve becomes the source of all those historical and psychological forms of critical study which have in uenced the academic thought of our day, leading insensibly, but inevitably, from empirical investigation to empirical law. The pedigree of the two schools thereafter is t difficult to trace: on the one side, from Sainte Beuve through l'art pour l'art to impressionism, and on the other, from sainte-beuve through Taine to Brunetiere and his egregious kin. French criticism has been leaning heavily on the idea of expression for a century or more, but attempt has been made in France to understand its aesthetic content, except for a few vague echoes of German thought. For the first to give philosophic precision to the theory. 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.