Thursday, May 04, 2006

Help understanding the press reaction to Colbert on Bush

In the Oct 6, 2003 New Yorker, Rachel Cohen wrote about a famous review in which John Collins pointed out the many errors in a book by Edmund Gosse and then discussed its awful prose. In particular, she notes:
Cambridge stood behind its Clark Lecturer, although none of Gosse’s colleagues seem to have thought the book particularly distinguished, or the review particularly wrong. Henry James wrote to William Dean Howells that Gosse had “paid, fearfully, the penalty” of his “false position” at Cambridge, and later said that Gosse had “a genius for inaccuracy.” At Oxford, when a scholar made an error people took to saying, “He has made a Gosse of himself.” Still, the consensus was that Collins’s review was not nice. The way in which the literary world rallied behind Gosse has sometimes been taken to show that his offenses were not very serious. As Janet Malcolm has pointed out, Gosse’s habitual inaccuracy can too easily be regarded as a sort of condition, “like nearsightedness”; she suggests, convincingly, that physiology is not nearly so helpful here as psychology. [etc]


Blogger CharleyCarp said...

I was thinking Pike Bishop to Tector Gorch:

We're gonna stick together, just like it used to be. When you side with a man, you stay with him. And if you can't do that, you're like some animal, you're finished. We're finished. All of us.

14/5/06 08:43  
Blogger rilkefan said...

Sort of We will all go together when we go".

Mrs. R. and I were thinking of names of classic westerns over lunch yesterday - _The Wild Bunch_, which I've never seen, did not come up.

14/5/06 09:07  
Blogger CharleyCarp said...

See it on an unhurried evening, and I'd be interested to know what you think.

15/5/06 14:34  

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