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Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Henry James

James also uses the trope of the two selves: one is in society, the man everyone knows. The other, simultaneously, is in his room writing, like a phantom.

I forget the title of this short story, but I believe similar conceits recurs in several of them. His short-stories tend to be metafictional. [update: it is called "The Private Life."]

The creator puts the best of himself or herself in the work itself. A work can be perfect in a way that a human being never can. Such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make.

The biographer wants to drag the creator back into the muck.

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