Portrait of the artist as walking disaster

This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.

Michael Dirda reviews Javier Marias’ Written Lives:

It’s difficult to be moderate about the charm of these brief portraits of Rimbaud, Turgenev, Rilke, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Robert Louis Stevenson, Isak Dinesen, Djuna Barnes and a dozen other literary eminences. “The one thing that leaps out when you read about these authors,” writes the acclaimed Spanish novelist Javier Marías, “is that they were all fairly disastrous individuals; and although they were probably no more so than anyone else whose life we know about, their example is hardly likely to lure one along the path of letters.”

On the contrary, we at Maud Newton dot com find this deeply comforting.


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