A man may write an ethical treatise, and it may be possible for a critic who pursues investigations into the author’s own life to prove that it deviates in places from rules and conclusions laid down in the treatise. These revelations need not in any way invalidate the conclusions arrived at in the treatise, since theoretical conclusions can only be founded on a survey of innumerable facts and of long reaches of time. The individual life of an author bears such an infinitesimal proportion to such premises as to be negligible, and irrelevant to his general argument.
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How to cite
Walter Richard Sickert, ‘Mr. Ginner’s Preface’, in The New Age, 30 April 1914, pp.819–20, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/walter-richard-sickert-mr-ginners-preface-r1104299, accessed 26 January 2021.