American Gothic, pt. 4

“Here it is at last, the distinguished thing!”

“We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.” The Middle Years (1893)

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

I have been thumbing the pages of “The Turn of the Screw” for two months, waiting for the right opportunity to take the 80 page dive into literary madness. I’ve heard good things about it but I’ve been eyebrow deep in other books. Anyways, my recent tribute to American Gothic has made me particularly itchy to indulge in this haunted novella – who knows where it’ll go. Henry James’ is credited for the assertive use of many a literary devices to layer his strange tales. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue, and possibly unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to narrative fiction.

“I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.”

“Never say you know the last word about any human heart.”

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