Appreciation: Painting, Poetry and Prose

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VI
Personal Adventures

WHAT happens is history; who makes it happen is a personal detail, though often an interesting and sometimes an important one. In what follows this detail is neither interesting nor important--at best occasionally amusing--but in order to happen at all it had to happen to someone, and as I am telling about it, I have to be in it. Autobiography is generally speaking not very reliable, less reliable even than history. The historian investigates his facts, the autobiographer just remembers them. When General Sherman was reproached for mistakes in his autobiography he answered, in effect, "That's the way I remember these things. Let those who remember them otherwise write what they remember, and so everyone will be pleased."

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Foreword 7
  • Contents 15
  • Introduction 17
  • I- What the Book is About 27
  • II- The Two Crosses 35
  • III- Of Poetry and Prose 43
  • IV- Appreciation 65
  • V- On Reading Poetry and Seeing Pictures 91
  • VI- Personal Adventures 139
  • VII- More Adventures 168
  • VIII- 27 Rue De Fleurus 194
  • IX- Appreciation and Education 209
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