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I do agree with you, Amytat, but...

Redson
May 02, 2015 01:16PM
I also offer this recent New Yorker article which addresses posterity recalls some writers famous in their own times, and forgets other. The cynical view of this writer is that it has less to do with merit and value than public relations. We may have forgotten some of our greatest writers over the years, this author suggests. Mostly, the article deals with Wordsworth, but it does mention Austen, too. In passing, it tosses off the names of their contemporaries who are remembered by only the nerdiest of literature Ph.d students today:

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From the examples of Wordsworth and a few other writers—Austen, Keats, and their almost-forgotten contemporaries, Mary Brunton and Barry Cornwall—Jackson derives a “checklist” of fame-enhancing characteristics. The first step, of course, is to be a talented writer, although you don’t have to be transcendentally great (“Longevity sets a high standard,” Jackson writes, but it’s “not stratospheric”). Once that’s out of the way, it helps to get along with your extended family, since, after you die, it’ll be your nephew who assembles your “Collected Poems.” It’s also a good idea to leave something artfully unfinished or unpublished—letters, a diary, half of a novel—so that your descendants can dig it up and, by publishing it, renew interest in you. (Don’t leave too much behind, or you’ll bury the good stuff.) She finds that a “shrine,” if you can manage it, is also a plus: “Choose a pretty place to live (or die) in,” Jackson writes, and “die young.” All these occurrences contribute to a compelling “personal myth,” which is worth a hundred good reviews.
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If Jane Austen were alive today...

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AmytatMay 02, 2015 03:29AM

I do agree with you, Amytat, but...

RedsonMay 02, 2015 01:16PM

Answering Redson and Amytat.....

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Re: Answering Redson and Amytat..... --Just to be clear

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AmytatMay 01, 2015 06:41PM

Nice line, Amytat!

RedsonMay 02, 2015 01:51PM

thank you smiling smiley nfm

AmytatMay 02, 2015 06:19PM

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Berkeley? What's that?

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