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Sender: Mark Twain Forum <[log in to unmask]>
From: Dave Gomberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1993 12:30:04 PDT
In-Reply-To: Message of Wed, 7 Jul 1993 11:05:10 CDT from <TUERK@ETSUACAD>
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What I meant by must be seen as is:  Don't think just of how the work fit in
the days it was written, but also how it holds up.  I did not mean to assert
that works always had a beneficial effect.

>useful way of seeing it.  Sometimes, it is more useful to view it as a
>of those ailments rather than a treatment.  Otherwise, what are we to do
>things like Pound's, Eliot's, Hemingway's, Cather's, and Fitzgerald's
>and anti-Semitism?

I don't believe that their bigotry ADDED to their works or that they are
seen a
literature BECAUSE of it.  Bigotry is today seen as a wart itself, and works
flawed for containing it.  But no one ever asserted literature had to be
perfect to be great.

Dave Gomberg