By Edward Dahlberg
“His perceptions are in general outstanding, cogent and refreshingly unique, and his use of the language in addition to his mastery of English sentence structure
make the publication worthy analyzing for example of superlative kind if not anything else.” — R. Baird Shuman, South Atlantic Quarterly
This quantity makes on hand in publication shape a set of seventeen essays through Edward Dahlberg, who has been referred to as one of many nice unrecognized writers of our time. a number of the choices have by no means been released earlier than; others have seemed formerly in simple terms in magazines of constrained move. 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 offers 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 neighbors 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 set the conquistadores. different essays within the assortment are the next: “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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He came at first to bring his poems, and afterward to hear me reject them. He was meeker than the Galilean before Herod. Each time I had to send him away, telling him quite sorrowfully that he ought to read more and write less. A few years afterwards he and his Finnish wife paid me a visit. When she permitted him to talk he assailed Shakespeare. This was at the time when the Soviets had attacked Finland. I was so vexed with her interruptions that, though I was very anti-Soviet, I hoped that the Russians would invade Finland all over again.
There is the little story of the deceit of Scholem Asch. Nathan Asch once asked me whether I would give his father, Scholem, a dinner as he was a stranger just coming to America from Nice. About twenty-five writers came, including Waldo Frank, John Herrmann, author of What Happened, which had been published in Paris in the heyday of the expatriates, his wife Josephine Herbst, 353 who had a fine, peasant figure and a straight, robustious way of expressing her beliefs. " There were Mike Gold, who lived downstairs and who picked his nose because, I imagine, it made him feel closer to the lower classes, and Norbert Guterman.
At 137 Waverly Place, Poe composed some of his works. The rather dilapidated structure is occupied by a Mexican restaurant, and there is nothing on the bricks but grim vacancy. "Lo, the past is prophecy," said Herman Melville. " A nation that destroys old landmarks and sacral places eradicates love and learning. Melville went to the Holy Land to weep over the footprints of the Nazarene. Several years ago the English poet Herbert Read sent me a clymene which he had plucked from Agamemnon's tomb.