dimanche 9 septembre 2012

Randall Jarrell, PICTURES FROM AN INSTITUTION, New York, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1968 [1954], 277 pages

Though Gertrude's grammar, syntax, and punctuation were perfectly orthodox, though her style made everything sound has if it had been dictated to her by the Spirit of Geometry, she was admired by the most experimental of writers, men who, since high school, had never so much as used a comma, except perhaps to put one after every word of a book of poems. But she was (and they felt this, even if they couddn't say it) as excessive as they: her excess was moral, spiritual, and cut far deeper into life than anything they had managed themselves.

p. 187

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