Alms for Oblivion by Edward Dahlberg

By Edward Dahlberg

“His perceptions are commonly really good, cogent and refreshingly unique, and his use of the language in addition to his mastery of English sentence structure
make the e-book worthy analyzing for example of superlative variety if not anything else.” — R. Baird Shuman, South Atlantic Quarterly

This quantity makes to be had in ebook shape a set of seventeen essays through Edward Dahlberg, who has been referred to as one of many nice unrecognized writers of our time. many of the choices have by no means been released earlier than; others have seemed formerly in simple terms in magazines of constrained move. there's a foreword by way of Sir Herbert Read.

The person essays are on a variety of topics - literary, historic, philosophical, own. The longest is a dialogue of Herman Melville’s paintings entitled “Moby-Dick - A Hamitic Dream.” The destiny of authors by the hands of reviewers is the topic of the essay referred to as “For Sale.” In “No Love and No Thanks” the writer attracts a characterization of our time. He provides a critique of the poet William Carlos Williams in “Word-Sick and Place-Crazy,” and a dialogue of F. Scott Fitzgerald in “Peopleless Fiction.” In “My associates Stieglitz, Anderson, and Dreiser” he discusses not just Alfred Stieglitz, Sherwood Anderson, and Theodore Dreiser yet different personalities in addition. He additionally writes of Sherwood Anderson in “Midwestern Fable.” In “Cutpurse Philosopher” the topic is William James. “Florentine Codex” is ready the conquistadores. different essays within the assortment are the subsequent: “Randolph Bourne,” “Our Vanishing Cooperative Colonies,” “Chivers and Poe,” “Domestic Manners of Americans,” “Robert McAlmon: A Memoir,” “The Expatriates: A Memoir,” and an essay on Allen Tate.

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On Saturday nights there was tumult. A hulking Icelander, who frequently came there, ran up and down the stairs one Saturday evening, pursuing a woman with an icepick, which may be the national tool of that country. On this occasion a young American matron, married to a Japanese, was being pressed by an ardent suitor; finally she threw up her hands, exclaiming, "Don't touch me, I'm the wife of the author of The Home with the Grass Roof I" Samuel Putnam, who had a deep mark on his forehead like the crucifix in Ahab's face, and who translated Don Quixote, was often there.

But then I don't have much of a palate for Pepys's or for Evelyn's diary, which may be a fatuous declaration. The real point is that we require strong characters far more than another verse by a wellknown nonentity. Robert McAlmon and John Herrmann, one of whose novels he printed, had bizarre and hapless fates. Years later, and out of pocket, John Herrmann peddled Venetian blinds for Mark Antonio in New Orleans, Robert McAlmon sold trusses in El Paso, Texas. Is anything accidental? What an odd and bawdy occupation for a magnificent and lewd nature.

McAlmon wanted that ignominy which drains and cheapens the 49: spirit, fame; he who had spent his whole life being infamous. He was weary of the underground reputation he had had abroad, and now that he is in the earth, someone will do a study of this remarkable American nihilist, because only a fool will fail to recognize that beneath the crust of insolence was a well-spring of tenderness. Written in 1961, Majorca, Spain [50 THE EXPATRIATES: A MEMOIR THE EXPATRIATE AMERICAN was a heroic Thersites who had come to Paris to be obscene.

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