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
― 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