. . . because there is no end To the vanity of our calling, make intercession For the treason of all clerks.
W. H. Auden, "At the Grave of Henry James"
The opening sentence of an essay ("The Uncertain Future of the Humanistic Educatio [...]
For Michael Harper
The English critic John Bayley is, I believe, quite wrong when in his book, The Characters of Love, he says of Conrad: "He has no myth with a view to insight: he has scenes and he has people." But no more apt a formula could b [...]
Literature against Itself: Literary Ideas in Modem Society. By Gerald Graff. Chicago. $15.00.
In this brave and spirited book Professor Graff of Northwestern presents a very stringent assessment of those ways of talking about literature that have be [...]