lundi 6 février 2012

Lewis P. Simpson, THE MAN OF LETTERS IN NEW ENGLAND AND THE SOUTH; ESSAYS ON THE HISTORY OF THE LITERARY VOCATION IN AMERICA, Bâton Rouge, Louisiana State Univeristy Press, 1973, 255 pages

Howells autobiographical impulse of the 1890s had strong motivation in the deeply personal question of the identity of his vocation. After a lifetime as a writer, he found himself still searching for the meaning of his career. What does it mean to be a writer in America? The meaning he found in Boston, one which fulfilled his youthful dream of vocation, he could never fully accept nor wholly reject.

p. 116

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