Quote of the Day | 0705

Behind the laughter, James hankered after seriousness, plugging away like Sisyphus at poetry and critical essays, and later some fiction. “I still suffer from a blurred image”, he says, “but I don’t mind.” (I suspect he does.) Defensively, he celebrates the great Italian poet Eugenio Montale’s approval of “a joking seriousness”. Repeating the phrase in Italian for emphasis, he adds: “The Americans especially don’t like humour mixed up with seriousness.”`

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