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Allan H. Pasco

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Balzac In the Exegetic Mode … Alas!

Balzac's Comedy of Words. By Martin Kanes. Princeton $14.50. SOME years ago Yves Bonnefoy contrasted Anglo-American and French critics. His remarks appropriately dwelt on our virtually exclusive interest in "meaning." He neglected an equally import [...]

On Making Mirages, Tahitian and Otherwise

On Nov. 12, 1764, while sailing in search of the fabled southern continent through the Straits of Magellan toward the Pacific, John Byron and his men suddenly saw what looked like an enormous land mass that continued off into the distance. His disa [...]