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I don't quite get the point of this list. From the preceding sentence, it seems these are supposed to be ways that authors mythologized themselves, but a lot of these don't seem to make a lot of sense from that angle. Like did Pound really mythologize himself as a crank? Did Harriet Beecher Stowe try to mythologize herself as an abolitionist? It seems the list kind of looses its moorings and becomes just a facile compendium of the images attached to well-known writers, suitable for displaying possession of a liberal education, if the name should come up in a cocktail party conversation.

o. nate, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 01:52 (six months ago) link

where would mark twain fit? small town chroniclers? romantic provincials?

towering American authors of deceptive simplicity and great depth and complexity!

Judge Roi Behan (Aimless), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 02:57 (six months ago) link

yeah exactly

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 08:40 (six months ago) link

Just wait til everyone’s searching for this thread in 20 years, unable to find it. “Good luck!” I’ll say

Zach_TBD (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15:09 (six months ago) link


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