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By Edward Dahlberg

“His perceptions are normally marvelous, cogent and refreshingly unique, and his use of the language in addition to his mastery of English sentence structure
make the ebook worthy interpreting as an instance of superlative sort if not anything else.” — R. Baird Shuman, South Atlantic Quarterly

This quantity makes on hand in ebook shape a suite of seventeen essays by means of Edward Dahlberg, who has been referred to as one of many nice unrecognized writers of our time. many of the choices have by no means been released sooner than; others have seemed formerly in basic terms in magazines of restricted stream. there's a foreword by means of Sir Herbert Read.

The person essays are on a variety of matters - literary, old, philosophical, own. The longest is a dialogue of Herman Melville’s paintings entitled “Moby-Dick - A Hamitic Dream.” The destiny of authors by the hands of reviewers is the topic of the essay known as “For Sale.” In “No Love and No Thanks” the writer attracts a characterization of our time. He provides a critique of the poet William Carlos Williams in “Word-Sick and Place-Crazy,” and a dialogue of F. Scott Fitzgerald in “Peopleless Fiction.” In “My associates Stieglitz, Anderson, and Dreiser” he discusses not just Alfred Stieglitz, Sherwood Anderson, and Theodore Dreiser yet different personalities in addition. He additionally writes of Sherwood Anderson in “Midwestern Fable.” In “Cutpurse Philosopher” the topic is William James. “Florentine Codex” is ready the conquistadores. different essays within the assortment are the subsequent: “Randolph Bourne,” “Our Vanishing Cooperative Colonies,” “Chivers and Poe,” “Domestic Manners of Americans,” “Robert McAlmon: A Memoir,” “The Expatriates: A Memoir,” and an essay on Allen Tate.

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“His perceptions are commonly remarkable, cogent and refreshingly unique, and his use of the language in addition to his mastery of English sentence structure
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Strunsky, who was either embarrassed about asking him for the rent or busy drinking a flagon of wine, sent his agent. The agent, after making his call, lent the painter ten dollars. The artist had borrowed the money for oils and canvas, and a few frugal meals. There were many rascals whom Strunsky kept. He walked with slow, heavy labor; he often could not keep up with some of his tenants, who broke into unoccupied apartments to avoid him. Three of them, who had a pair of white mice, picked locks and changed their chambers continually; when they were cold, like Diagoras the Greek sophist who broke up a statue of Hercules for firewood, they cast Strunsky's rockers and tables into the open hearth.

There is no animal that is so unreasonable as man. These Bohemian word-mongers primped their vanity more than women do. They were such loud crowing art roosters. What has a writer to be bombastic about? Whatever good a man may write is the consequence of accident, luck, or surprise, and nobody is more startled than an honest writer when he makes a good phrase or says something truthful. Writing well is as much of a miracle as a wise perception, and the person least responsible for this is the author himself.

He came, like Aristophanes, just before an era of the wildest impudicities. Without shame, there is no courtesan so wanton as the writer. Dreiser was a hot doubter of God, a Hoosier preoccupied with the Sermon on the Mount, Ecclesiastes, Shakespeare, spiritualism, and Christian Science. He stepped out of the pages of the American novel of the seventies and eighties, Eggleston's Circuit Rider, Robert Herrick or Henry B. Fuller's Chicago narratives. He was very much concerned with an American tradition of bitterness in letters; Dreiser wrote pieces on Fuller and Harold Frederic, and another on the intransigent Randolph Bourne, which appeared in the American Spectator and which I later reprinted in Twice a Year.

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