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When in Book XVII, more than halfway through the novel, Melville all at once makes Pierre an author, the uneasy union of narrator with tale dissolves: "I elect neither of these [modes of narration]; I am careless of either; both are well enough in their way; I write precisely as I please" (p. 244). Although the discipline required to bring the earlier part of the story into line with this new invention was altogether beyond Melville's temperamental capacities and although no plot invention can truly save a narrative whose author writes precisely as he pleases--that is, without attention to literary convention--one can see why the device might have seemed a good idea when Melville thought of it. By discussing the problems of authorship as though they were Pierre's, Melville might bring the hero back to the center of the narrative and make it Pierre's story again. But this did not and could not happen, simply because the context imposed on the discussion of authorship by Pierre's circumstances--his character, background, situation--qualified and limited the universality of the point. The fiction got in the way of the direct statement that Melville was seeking to make.

Melville has not been well,of late; ...

[W]e soon found ourselves on pretty much our formerterms of sociability and confidence.

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It is strange how he persists -- and haspersisted ever since I knew him, and probably long before-- in wondering to-and-fro over these deserts, as dismal andmonotonous as the sand hills amid which we were sitting.

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Ifhe were a religious man, he would be one of the most trulyreligious and reverential; he has a very high and noble nature,and better worth immortality than most of us."Although Melville never corresponded with Hawthorne again, he didnot forget him.

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Hirsch, (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1967).

It is not easy to make a judgement on the politics of the film, because there have been so many different political positions ascribed to 'Le Corbeau.'" [Expanded Academic Index]

Slightly revised from its original publication in 34 (1979): 909-23.

One of film's true misanthropes, Clouzot directed two of the most successful and fondly remembered French films of the 1950s, but the majority of his work was unfashionable even before his death.

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Presentation par Barthelemy Amengual; choix de textes et propos de René Clair; extraits de decoupages, chansons, panorama critique, temoignages, filmographie, bibliographie, documents iconographiques.

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