Summer 1948 • Vol. X No. 3 Book Reviews |

The Legend of the Lion

The Legend Of The Master: Henry James compiled by Simon Nowell-Smith. Scribner's. $3.00   How dreary to be somebody! But not for the reasons that Emily Dickinson advances, not because being somebody involves noise and vulgarity. Not every somebody lives "public like a frog," telling his "name the livelong day to an admiring bog." Henry James, for example, was somebody who did not do this. The reason why it is dreadful to be somebody is that you become the creature of everybody. You are observed and remarked and in large part invented, and some truth about you vanishes. It does not die, but it hides, coming to light perhaps only with some friend of long standing, as old as yourself, to whom it never occurs to notice that your eyes twinkle as you make a certain remark, and who, indeed, does not pay particular attention to the remark. And surely you are not somebody in the morning when you are at work. You are then only you. But everybody believes that those morning hours of w

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Lionel Trilling (1905-1975) was an American literary critic, author, and University Professor at Columbia University. Among the most influential of his many works are two collections of essays, The Liberal Imagination and The Opposing Self; a critical study of E. M. Forster; and one novel, The Middle of the Journey.

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