By Edward Dahlberg
“His perceptions are usually incredible, cogent and refreshingly unique, and his use of the language in addition to his mastery of English sentence structure
make the publication worthy interpreting as an instance of superlative variety if not anything else.” — R. Baird Shuman, South Atlantic Quarterly
This quantity makes on hand in e-book shape a suite of seventeen essays via Edward Dahlberg, who has been referred to as one of many nice unrecognized writers of our time. many of the decisions have by no means been released prior to; others have seemed formerly merely in magazines of restricted movement. there's a foreword by way of Sir Herbert Read.
The person essays are on quite a lot of topics - literary, ancient, philosophical, own. The longest is a dialogue of Herman Melville’s paintings entitled “Moby-Dick - A Hamitic Dream.” The destiny of authors by the hands of reviewers is the topic of the essay known as “For Sale.” In “No Love and No Thanks” the writer attracts a characterization of our time. He offers a critique of the poet William Carlos Williams in “Word-Sick and Place-Crazy,” and a dialogue of F. Scott Fitzgerald in “Peopleless Fiction.” In “My buddies Stieglitz, Anderson, and Dreiser” he discusses not just Alfred Stieglitz, Sherwood Anderson, and Theodore Dreiser yet different personalities in addition. He additionally writes of Sherwood Anderson in “Midwestern Fable.” In “Cutpurse Philosopher” the topic is William James. “Florentine Codex” is ready the conquistadores. different essays within the assortment are the next: “Randolph Bourne,” “Our Vanishing Cooperative Colonies,” “Chivers and Poe,” “Domestic Manners of Americans,” “Robert McAlmon: A Memoir,” “The Expatriates: A Memoir,” and an essay on Allen Tate.
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Alms for Oblivion by Edward Dahlberg