Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Gift of Letters

How many of today's authors write letters—not emails?


From two of Saul Bellow's letters:

"As with his novels, the reading of his letters leaves one amazed by how much Bellow saw. He was always glancing and glimpsing. In a letter to a former student, in 1955, he cautioned her about “American books, including my own” that “pant so after meaning. They are earnestly moral, didactic; they build them ever more stately mansions, and they exhort and plead and refine.” He instructed her, instead, that “a work of art should rest on perception.”

Quoted from a review by Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of The New Republic.

Leon Wieseltier's review of :
SAUL BELLOW
Letters
Edited by Benjamin Taylor

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