Friday, November 23, 2012

When the days dwindle down …

… The American Scholar: “I’m Done” - Michael Dirda. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Should older writers keep at it until they breathe their last? It’s a hard call. Sophocles supposedly brought out Oedipus at Colonus when he was in his 80s. The elderly Tolstoy turned himself into an Old Testament prophet, producing cranky attacks on Shakespeare and numerous political and religious tracts. Yet he also wrote Hadji Murad, one of his greatest works (and a particular favorite of Harold Bloom).

1 comment:

  1. I think of Hardy's "Ancients to Ancients", and of Hermann Broch on "The Style of Old Age".