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By Siri Hustvedt

Publish yr note: First released 2005
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From the writer of the foreign bestseller What I Loved, a provocative selection of autobiographical and important essays approximately writing and writers.

Whether her topic is growing to be up in Minnesota, cross-dressing, or the unconventional, Hustvedt's nonfiction, like her fiction, defies effortless categorization, elegantly combining mind, emotion, wit, and fervour. With a mild contact and consummate readability, she undresses the cultural prejudices that veil either literature and existence and explores the a number of personalities that necessarily inhabit a writer's brain. Is it attainable for a girl within the 20th century to advocate the corset, and while technique with authority what it's prefer to be a guy? Hustvedt does. Writing with rigorous honesty approximately her personal divided self, and the way this has formed her as a author, she additionally ways the works of others--Fitzgerald, Dickens, and Henry James--with revelatory perception, and a practitioner's figuring out in their art.

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Yeats recurs again and again to the necessity of mortifying the will comes : " Every visionary knows that the mind's eye soon and variable world, which the will cannot shape or change, though it can call it up and banish it M again " ; We must find some place upon the Tree of Life for the Phoenix nest, for the passion that is exaltation and the to see a capricious negation of the will " plays M the will, like a ; the style of the dialogue in Synge's blurs definition, clear edges, everything that it turns imagination from all that is comes from of the present, gold background in a religious picture, and it strengthens emotion whatever comes to it from far off, from brood- in every memory and dangerous hope," etc.

And in spite of the and read immense amount of poetry published and naturally poetic seems to-day, the personality truly W. B. YEATS 39 to be becoming rarer and rarer. It may be true that the kind of dignity and distinction which have been characteristic of the poet in the past are becoming more and more impossible in our modern democratic society and during a period when the ascendancy of scientific ideas has made man conscious of his kinship with the other animals and of his subjection to biological and physical laws rather than of his relation to the gods.

And he writes poems which charge now with the emotion of a duties to censor. is — and subtle criticism of life of have spoken in connection with his prose. " And for a moment the thought that she may once one of the children before him has revived the excitement of his old love. He remembers the woman in all her young beauty and thinks of himself with his present sixty have looked like — philosophy now? — years — What use is beauty bound up with the body to decay with it? " is not all — and doomed itself which is worshipped there by the nuns inseparable from the images of it they adore?

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