Summer 1983



Summer 1983

Table of Contents


“Reader, Look for Yourself”: Recovered Book Reviews

How to Die

Is Literature Always Reactionary?

John Gardner: Writer and Teacher

Selfhood, Language, and Reality: George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”

The MacGregor Syndrome and Other Literary Losses

The Orbiting Self: Reentry Problems of the Transcending Self, or Why it is that Artists and Writers, Some Technologists, and indeed Most People have so much Trouble Living in the Ordinary World


Inexorable Progress

Robert Louis Stevenson Banks, a.k.a. Chimley

The World Is A Bed



50 on 50

A Garden

Caravat’s Salvage: Richmond, Virginia

Carrying On

Dance Script with Electric Ballerina



Los Adulteros


Muted Music


Personal Annulment

Simple Rituals

The Art of Doylestown

The Crab Pickers

The Mythology of Guns


Water Lilies, White Violets

With the Greeks


Word Images


“Words, Book Words, What Are You?” (on Long Walks in the Afternoon by Margaret Gibson; The Kingfisher by Amy Clampitt; One Long Poem by William Harmon; Second Sight by Jonathan Aaron; Country Music: Selected Early Poems by Charles Wright)

Afro-American—Modernist—Classic: Ralph Ellison and His Critics (on Invisible Man, Thirtieth Anniversary Edition by Ralph Ellison; The Craft of Ralph Ellison by Robert G. O’Meally;& Dedalus in Harlem: The Joyce-Ellison Connection by Robert N. List)

John Gardner and the Emancipation of Genres (on Mickelsson’s Ghosts by John Gardner)

on Black Novelists and the Southern Literary Tradition by Ladell Payne

on Freud and Man’s Soul by Bruno Bettelheim

on The Hound & Horn Letters by Mitzi Berger Hamovitch

on The Life of the Poet: Beginning and Ending Poetic Careers by Lawrence Lipking

on Thomas Hardy: A Biography by Michael Millgate

Pilgrimage to Auden Country (on Early Auden by Edward Mendelson; & W. H. Auden: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter)