Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Essay: "Writers and Talkers." Thomas Bailey Aldrich.

One-minute review: “As a class, literary men do not shine in conversation. The scintillating and playful essayist whom you pictured to yourself as the most genial and entertaining of companions, turns out to be a shy…individual who chills you with his reticence when you chance to meet him.”

“Why is it not permissible in him [essayist, poet, novelist, dramatist] to be as prosaic and tiresome as the rest of the company? He usually is.”

American Essays. Ed. Charles B. Shaw. A Pelican Mentor Book. New York: The New American Library. 1948.

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