Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 1961
Genre Lit Crit
Origin UK
Publisher Cambridge University Press
ISBN-10 0521422817
ISBN-13 978-0521422819
My Copy perfect-bound paperback
First Read August 17, 2008

An Experiment in Criticism

Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the priviledge, of individuality. There are mass emotions which heal the wound; but they destroy the privilege. In them our separate selves are pooled and we sink back into sub-individuality. But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Likethe night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.

Quoted on September 30, 2011

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