Leon Edel on Henry James’s style of writing letters …
“Henry James was incapable of offering a thought without pinning a flower in its button-hole and the reverse of this was that he could disguise the absence of thought by the shameless gilding of his own verbal lilies.”
Leon Edel in the introduction to The Selected Letters of Hentry James. Edited and with an introduction by Leon Edel (New York: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1955).
Comment by Janice Harayda:
But weren’t some of those flowers magnificent! I’m posting this for those of you who have wondered while reading all of my comments on the 2007 Newbery Medal controvery, “Has this woman ever read a book that doesn’t have the word ‘scrotum’ in it?” Thanks for staying with me through the uproar. I’m back to writing about books for grown-ups later today or tomorrow.
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