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While conceding that the biography is well written and as complete as possible and that the general statement of Hobbes's philosophy is free from error, it says, 'It is the emphasis on unessentials, on personal peculiarities and on common difficulties and inconsistencies .
Lawrence and Van Wyck Brooks, I have to agree with Sullivan's proclamation that up to his time (1923) literary criticism of Moby Dick "is fit only to deal with unessentials.