samedi 21 avril 2012

Maurice Beebe, IVORY TOWERS AND SACRED FOUNTS; THE ARTIST AS HERO IN FICTION FROM GOETHE TO JOYCE, New York, New York University Press, 1964, 323 pages.

If we keep in mind the fact that though the hero of an artist-novel may be a sculptor or a composer, as a self-portrait of his creator he is always a writer, it is apparent that "the artist" established in fiction is always a literary man. And if the novelist sometimes seems to be a different breed of person from the poet or the dramatist (try to imagine a lyric poem by Henry James!) then we must make a further qualification: the archetypal artist found in portrait-of-the-artist fiction is a more valid representation of the novelist type than of any other kind of writer.

p. VI (Preface)

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