“November 28, The Portrait of a Lady, 1881 “‘We know too much about people in these days; we hear too much. Our ears, our minds, our mouths, are stuffed with personalities. Don’t mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.’” Talk about relevant to the present day. But… Continue reading Daily Henry James, cont.
“October 30, The Next Time, 1895 “The only success worth one’s powder was success in the line of ones’ idiosyncrasy. Consistency was in itself distinction, and what was talent but the art of being completely whatever it was that one happened to be? One’s things were characteristic or were nothing.” Annie Dillard in The Writing… Continue reading Daily Henry James, cont.
Continuing copying down the passages I underlined in my copy of The Daily Henry James (U Chicago Press) with occasional salubrious comments. “October 7, The Wings of the Dove, 1903 ” . . . the air was like a clap of hands. . . .” “October 9, Eugene Pickering, 1874 “‘A man with as good… Continue reading Daily Henry James, continued, almost done
“September 1, Guy de Maupassant “It is as difficult to describe an action without glancing at its motive, its moral history, as it is to describe a motive without glancing at its practical consequence.” Show and tell. “September 11, Roderick Hudson, 1875 “The moods of an artist, his exultations and depressions, Rowland had often said… Continue reading Daily Henry James, continued
I didn’t realize I had underlined so much of this book, but I am kind of enjoying typing them down in here. Hope you are too, reading them I mean. I am keeping up with my Tolstoy, by the way, and am about halfway through the first volume of Ernest J. Simmon’s biography of him;… Continue reading Daily Henry James, continued
To continue with the passages I underlined: “May 5, Robert Louis Stevenson, 1887 “It has become the fashion to be effective at the expense of the sitter, to make some little point, or inflict some little dig, with a heated party air, rather than to catch a talent in the facet, follow its lines and… Continue reading Daily Henry James, Part III
So Henry James and Ernest Hemingway, it appears, told of the same message, to have courage. But in this well-done attractive book, a small red paperback, there is also a lot about work, the work of art, mostly. And there is a lot about relationships, as one would expect, also. I want now to type… Continue reading The Daily Henry James: A Year of Quotes From the Work of the Master, Part II