A Critic At Large

Dr. Samuel Johnson was once asked to share his opinion of Laurence Sterne's Sermons of Mr. Yorick. Though he professed ignorance, he was later overheard panning the work and was asked for clarification.

"I did read them," Johnson confessed, "but it was in a stagecoach. I should not have deigned even to have looked at them had I been at large."

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