By John Hollander
“Perfection is a unprecedented accomplishment, relatively in American poetry, and the perfection of a lot of Hollander’s paintings makes it crucial interpreting for a person who really cares for the craft of poetry. yet in our fallen global we appear fated to worth energy of perfection, and John Hollander’s poetry has proven a visionary energy simply frequently adequate to safe him a spot as one of many significant figures of our moment.”
Vernon Shetley, The New Republic
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It seems almost to call you by name. The sweet and sublime face of Jesus is beyond praise, yet how it disappoints all ﬂorid expectations! This familiar, simple, home-speaking countenance is as if one should meet a friend. The knowledge of picture-dealers has its value, but listen not to their criticism when your heart is touched by genius. It was not painted for them, it was painted for you; for such as had eyes capable of being touched by simplicity and lofty emotions. (Essays: First and Second Series, p.
Hawthorne, it seems, could be simultaneously angelic and as harsh as the devil. ”32 During his years at the Manse, as he was taking Emerson’s measure, seeing in him traits that he himself shared, Hawthorne gathered key information from their mutual friend, Margaret Fuller, who felt attracted to both men. During the summers of 1842 and 1844, Fuller went back and forth between the Manse and Emerson’s house, where she was staying. Her friendship with Emerson had already peaked, but during these years, her friendship with Hawthorne deepened, spurred in part by Emerson’s detachment.
Mitchell, Hawthorne’s Fuller Mystery, p. 120. 45. See Larry J. Reynolds, European Revolutions and the American Literary Renaissance (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1988), p. 80. 46. Hawthorne, Nathaniel Hawthorne and His Wife, i: 360. 47. Henry David Thoreau, The Illustrated Walden, ed. J. Lyndon Shanley (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1973), pp. 219–20. 48. Fuller, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, p. 103. 49. , p. 228. 50. “Sophia Peabody Hawthorne’s American Notebooks,” p. 133.