Monday, May 28, 2012

Wisdom from Jeffrey Meyers

At the fag-end of literary criticism, when all major authors have been exhaustively analyzed, four kinds of books are being written: rare original critiques, variations of existing ideas, thinly disguised repetitions of what has already been said[,] and sterile infatuations with structuralism and semiotics. In this decadent context a thoroughly researched biography, which is firmly based on extensive archival evidence and presents a massive quantity of new material as the basis for original interpretations, is perhaps the most valuable contribution to modern scholarship.

            —Jeffrey Meyers in his chapter on Wyndham Lewis in The Craft of Literary Biography

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