Fall 1945 • Vol. VII No. 4 Nonfiction |

August Strindberg (Reconsiderations: No. IV)

"Trust in God and keep your powder dry." -- Oliver Cromwell IN recent years a number of writers who have the disadvantage of being dead, foreign, or esoteric have been sold to a large minority public in America. Among them are E. M. Forster, Franz Kafka, Baudelaire, and Kierkegaard. Among those who have been tried with rather less success are Rimbaud, Lautreamont, Stefan George, and Charles Péguy. That all these writers have been promoted by appeals to snobbery is, however, not their fault. All of them are important, and in their rediscovery there is more than modishness. They all stand in near relation to our deeper as well as to our tea-party interests. What is regrettable is only that so many others, equally deserving, are overlooked, that the choice of proto-moderns is left to the accident of commercial enterprise, so that, as Philip Rahv once put it, we bury as many classics as we exhume. No such burial would be more surprising, were we not aware of the nature of majority p

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