These Many Years: Recollections of a New Yorker

These Many Years: Recollections of a New Yorker

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These Many Years: Recollections of a New Yorker

These Many Years: Recollections of a New Yorker

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When a man squares himself at his desk and for a moment stays his hand from the pen while he tries to "squeeze the sponge of memory" -- to borrow the apt phrase of Henry James -- when he seeks to recall and to set in order his most salient recollections, he finds himself confronted by the duty of making a choice between the two kinds of autobiography, loosely so called. He must decide whether he will write mainly about himself, bringing up to date the log of his own lonely voyage thru life, or whether he will not talk mainly about others, about his fellow-passengers on that Noah's Ark whereon we are all of us embarked as it drifts over the endless waters. If he shall choose rather to recall what he remembers about others than what he remembers about himself, the result will be only a book of reminiscences and not a true autobiography. And a book of reminiscences, however valuable it may be, is necessarily less valuable than a true autobiog-

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