Re: intro-duct-ion

From: James Rovira <>
Date: Wed Feb 26 2003 - 15:29:06 EST

Will -- I think those last criteria are dependent upon the author.
 Doing "spiritual" analysis of late T.S. Eliot "not impeded by religion"
would, I think, be misleading, but at the same time doing just that with
Salinger may be more to the mark. There's still an almost doctrinaire
feel about his relationship to eastern influences in "Teddy," though --
it may not pay to ignore this.

Kim -- Somehow I think the publishers won't be able to resist
republishing whatever they can get their grubby little hands on assuming
Salinger hasn't locked it all up in a legally contructed vault until
they become public domain. I'm not too worried about Salinger's
contemporaries dying off. I bet a lot will come to the surface if it's
allowed to...


Will Hochman wrote:

> I studied literary biography with one of the most respected Virginia
> Woolf scholars. At NYU, Mitchell Leaska (who studied with Leon
> Edel--Henry James's biographer) also professed that reading all of the
> books the author was known to read was a biographical key. Finally,
> this teacher believed that writing biography of writers was a matter
> of uncovering the writer's central myth.
> Ok, so what is Salinger's, right?
> Dunno, but I'm guessing it has to do with knowing how to locate art
> within a spiritual framework that is not impeded by religion and
> which is family centered.
> will
> PS: I agree that Alexander's bio is a waste of $...the best
> biographical sources of JDS (in my opinion) are M. Salinger and Ian
> Hamilton.

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