The Reminiscences of Augustus Saint-Gaudens - Vol. 1

The Reminiscences of Augustus Saint-Gaudens - Vol. 1

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The Reminiscences of Augustus Saint-Gaudens - Vol. 1

The Reminiscences of Augustus Saint-Gaudens - Vol. 1

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During his last years my father was frequently urged to write his reminiscences; but recognizing the difficulties of the professional in his own sphere of art, he was reluctant to appear as the amateur seeking to establish himself among those who held rank in literature. Therefore he refused to make any attempt at a biography until, during the early spring of 1906, while recovering from a surgical operation in the Corey Hill Hospital at Brookline, Massachusetts, the dictation of an account of his life was pressed upon him as a means of passing the hours.

The work once begun, after his return to Cornish it became easy for him to continue with the help of a phonograph. He thought to rewrite the whole with me later, adding and changing as seemed necessary, for he was a careful man about his manuscript, giving much thought even to unimportant letter-writing; but from August, 1906, when he finished his rough dictation, pain never left him until his death, so our plan of revision came to naught.

The details of those parts of his text which form the pith of the book I have left almost intact; only the order of thought and anecdote, somewhat tangled for lack of revision, I have shifted back and forth into a methodical orderliness.

In one way the autobiography offers more than might . . .

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