Gourmont recognized no such limits of the critic's function.
I do not think it possible to overemphasize Gourmont's sense of beauty.
What has here been attempted is a first triage of a part—the essential part—of Gourmont's work, and its logical rearrangement.
By no means; Gourmont, the finest of living critics, is not a paradox-monger.
So far as I know, this is the first English translation of his essays authorized by Gourmont or his personal representatives.
Gourmont became the champion of the "vaporeux, nuanc et sublimis" literature which started about 1890.
These Norman landscapes are constantly introduced into Gourmont's stories.
Needless to say, Gourmont's essays are of uneven value as the necessary subject matter is of uneven value.
Gourmont was endlessly amused by the indiscreet admissions of Father Sarrasa.
One might make an index of, but one cannot write an essay upon, the dozen volumes of Gourmont's collected discussions.