Frederic Harrison on Goldsmith’s prose artistry, 1883, 1912
Frederic Harrison (1831-1923), author and positivist who was considerably influenced by the ideas of Matthew Arnold, refused for much of his life to consider himself a man of letters; but as he grew older his literary activity increased. A student of many literatures, his powerful intellect and wide reading exhibit themselves in his direct and pithy prose style. The second passage cited originally appeared in the English Review, xi, May 1912, pp. 178-9.