You DO know that I'm not a real Southerner, though, don't you? I grew up in rural, desert-like eastern Washington State and spent my twenties in Seattle. I then moved to New York City for twelve years. While it's true that I've lived in the Deep South for the past 25 years, I'm not a real Southerner (as the real Southerners frequently remind me).
: You needn't be sorry about your comments. I
: knew I would be getting into hot water by
: bringing giants such as Joyce, Proust and
: Faulkner into comparison, and insisted that
: they are far superior to Wolfe. Perhaps it
: is that I focused more on the acute
: remembrance of a place and time, with all
: its details, nuances, defects and tragedies
: such as racism. But you know much better,
: being a Southerner (and thanks for the
: pharmacy brief, very interesting).
: I don't, of course, think Wolfe is anywhere
: near the Pantheon of great American writers
: and I am perfectly aware of his lyrical
: repetitions and uncouth style. Anyway, your
: opinion coincides with most great critics'
: opinions, and so I must be wrong in finding
: anything valuable in it other than a few
: well-developed characters and passages.
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