Summer 1948 • Vol. X No. 3 NonfictionJuly 1, 1948 |

The “Portrait” in Perspective

From wrong to wrong the exasperated spirit Proceeds, unless restored by that refining fire Where you must move in measure, like a dancer.           —T. S. Eliot. Faites votre destin, âmes dtéordonnées, Et fuyez l'infini que vous portez en vous!           —Baudelaire. And yet he felt that, however he might revile and mock her image, his anger was also a form of homage.           —Portrait. What no one should ever have doubted is becoming more and more glaringly obvious: that A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Ulysses constitute question and answer, fortress and siege-gun: an indivisible aesthetic whole. The planning of the one book inextricably conditioned the revising of the other; and we have the Stephen Hero fragment to indicate the nature and extent of that revision. So that the Portrait must be read with that unrelaxing line-by-line attention that the card-index critics have only begun

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