►“We hope the time
is coming when not only the
artist, but the common,
average man . . . .will
reject the ideal grasshopper
wherever he finds it . .
. Because it is not
like a real grasshopper”--W. D. Howells, 1887
selection from the “Editor’s Study” for December 1887 features Howells’s
famous comparison between the “ideal grasshopper” drawn from art, the model
to which most writers aspire, and the “real grasshopper,” the model from life
which Howells says that writers should study instead.
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