lundi 10 octobre 2011

Linda Huf, APORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG WOMAN, New York, Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1983, 196 pages.

Unlike men, women have only rarely written artist novels; that is, autobiographical novels depicting their struggles to become creative artists - to become, as the Romantics had it, as gods. Jane Austen, the Brontës, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Katherine Anne Porter, and Flannery O'Connor never wrote a portrait-of-the-author novel.
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By contrast, male equivalents of A Portrait of the Artist abound throughout European and American literature. Almost every important male writer of our time has portrayed his youthful self in fiction, usually in his first novel. In America alone, men who have written artist novels include Herman Melville (Pierre), Henry James (Roderick Hudson), Jack London (Martin Eden), Sherwood Anderson (Winesburg, Ohio), F. Scott Fitzgerald (This Side of Paradise), Thomas Wolfe (Look Homeward, Angel), Theodore Dreiser (The "Genius"), James T. Farrell (My Days of Anger), and William Styron (Sophie's Choice).
(p. 1-2)

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