A book is a person

Scott of the increasingly-good Conversational Reading links to a review of two mildly intriguing books that both provoke a discussion on the biographical approach to criticism. Scott shrugs his shoulders and says it?s inevitable that biographical readings predominate even if it?s flawed. One can only concur. Yet even then, when the author?s life is taken into account, it has to be read in the same way as the work; it resists us in the same way. We?re back where we started. The interesting question is: what is left over after a biographical reading? One might say any reading. The answer, I would say, is literature. But maybe that?s just me.

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