Cousin Bette (Google eBook)

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Roberts Brothers, 1888 - Paris (France) - 557 pages
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Page 277 - ... as a soldier to the breach, if once within the crater he does not labor as a miner buried in the earth, if he contemplates his difficulties instead of conquering them one by one, the work remains unachieved, production becomes impossible, and the artist assists the suicide of his own talent. . . . The solution of the problem can be found only through incessant and sustained work . . . true artists, true poets, generate and give birth today, tomorrow, ever. From this habit of labor results a ceaseless...
Page 272 - Curtius into the gulf, as the soldier to the breach, without reflection; if, once within the crater, he does not labor as a miner buried in the earth ; if he contemplates his difficulties instead of conquering them one by one, like lovers in fairy-tales who fight with enchanters, up-springing from each defeat to attain their mistresses, — the work remains unachieved; it perishes in the studio; production becomes impossible, and the artist assists the suicide of his own talent.
Page 271 - Conrad; Thomas Wolfe's Story of a Novel, Valery's Course in Poetics. What do they explain of the silences? "Constant toil is the law of art, as it is of life," says (and demonstrated) Balzac: To pass from conception to execution, to produce, to bring the idea to birth, to raise the child laboriously from infancy, to put it nightly to sleep surfeited, to kiss it in the mornings with the hungry heart of a mother, to clean it, to clothe it fifty times over in new garments which it tears and casts away,...
Page 562 - Since the days when Thackeray and Dickens were issuing in numbers those novels which have delighted so many readers, or George Eliot's publishers were able to announce a new novel from her pen, there has been no series of novels given to the public...

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