The Judgement House. INTRODUCTION A VERY natural difiiculty presents itself in regard to any prepatory remarks concerning this book. In the case of all the other books for which an introduction in this series has been written, time had elapsed in some cases over twenty years between the first publication and the issuing of this subscription edition. The Judgment House, however, goes into the subscription edition almost contemporaneously with first issue in individual form, and there is little that can usefully be said now. Time is necessary to give a book its true place for whatever first impressions may be, there is only one true test of a book, and that is permanency. The popular book which dies at the end of a season requires no historians or commentators hand. and the book that is not the book of a season, but is to extend its life through years and not through weeks and months has not found its definite place either in the mind of the public or of its author certainly not in the mind of the latter soon after original publication. Something very like a reaction is set up in the mind of the author after his manuscript has ceased to be his very own, having become anybodys at the price in printed form, and a coldness in his own relation to it emerges. He needs time to adjust himself to a work on which the outer world has breathed with ban or blessing.