This is the first of an ongoing series, for fun: on Fridays, I’ll post a passage from a more or less well-known author. Take a shot at identifying the author and work in the comments, and I’ll post the answer on Monday. (I know I’m not the only one to think of this.)
This week we have a bonus entry: posted on Monday, and I’ll reveal the author on Friday. The quotation is topical. Here goes:
I’ve said a thousand times – and whenever I get the chance I’ll say again – that Hamet was a great and good man who was sacrificed to American mediocrities, American petty politicians, American determination to put self-seekers and time-servers in office and leave them there. After all, William Eaton was an American; and America theoretically has the right, established by constant usage, to destroy great Americans by ignoring them, or underpaying them, or disappointing them, or scoffing at their abilities, or refusing to reward them for their efforts, or refusing to promote able young men over the heads of doddering incompetents. But Hamet wasn’t an American: he was a friend in a far land who trusted America, believed in America, was promised help by America; and any failure to provide that help should have been rightly resented as a stain upon America’s honor. If I had my way, I’d raise a statue to Hamet and set it on a pedestal before the Department of State in Washington, with the inscription:
a Great Man
Led to the Heights by Great Americans
and Destroyed by Small Ones
Leave your answers in the comments, and be sure to check back on Friday for the answer and a new installment of Friday Mystery Author.
UPDATE: If you have a blog, leave the url with your comment and I’ll link it on Friday.