[ilds] Durrell's Diction

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sat May 1 13:42:59 PDT 2010

Which is not to say we don't make judgments and uphold standards all  
the time.  Even you, Charles.  More on this topic later.


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On May 1, 2010, at 10:32 AM, Charles Sligh <Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>  

> gkoger at mindspring.com wrote:
>> In regard to Durrell's diction, it's worth remembering that Edmund  
>> Wilson once complained about Vladimir Nabokov's "addiction to rare  
>> and unfamiliar words." Nabokov's response was that he might have  
>> "rare and unfamiliar things to convey."
> Very witty.  Very wise.
> Wilson was a great critic, but his terms suppose a corrective  
> position,
> saying "these are the better words; those words should not be
> used"--marking Nabokov as if Nabokov set out to write term papers.
> Again, that approach to reading is not without a certain kind of
> interest, but only if we admit the approach reveals far more about
> Wilson's imagination, tastes, and limits than the imagination, tastes,
> and limits of Nabokov.
> Certainly Nabokov could be just as testy and a stickler a la Flaubert.
> That is why Nabokov's /Lectures on Literature/ are most memorable as
> performances, the record of how a great mind took up a score or script
> written by Dickens or Flaubert or Kafka and played them out
> magnificently before an audience in bobby-socks and poodle skirts.
> C&c.
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