Initially thrilled by the Russian Revolution, Cahan was speedily disenchanted.
As well as his work Cahan's life too is of unusual interest.
Literature, however, was at that time to 233 Cahan only the handmaiden of education.
A career in the pleasant art of fiction was open to Mr. Cahan.
In 1896 Cahan resigned his editorship, and retired disgusted from the work.
Cahan came to America a mature man with the life of one community already a familiar thing to him.
And this is the place to say that Mr. Cahan knows how to use words.
Mr. Cahan knows how to think through his characters, by letting them do the thinking, as if it were their affair and not his.
Cahan's work is more developed and more mature as art than that of the other men, who remain essentially sketch-writers.
The virtuosity in description which in Cahan's work sometimes takes the place of literature, is here quite subordinate.