mardi 4 octobre 2011

Herman Melville, PIERRE; OR THE AMBIGUITIES, dans PIERRE, ISRAEL POTTER, THE CONFIDENCE-MAN, TALES & BILLY BUDD, New York, Library of America, 1984, 1478 pages.

Inasmuch as by various intimations much more than ordinary natural genius has been imputed to Pierre, it may have seemed an inconsistency, that only the merest magazine papers should have been thus far the sole productions of his mind. Nor need it be added, that, in the soberest earnest, those papers contained nothing uncommon; indeed - entirely now to drop all irony, if hitherto any thing like that has been indulged in - those fugitive things of Master Pierre's were the veriest common-place.
(p. 300)

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