Thursday, April 26, 2018


For Itself

Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), A Sad Heart at the Supermarket: Essays & Fables (London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1965), p. 96:
The critic said that once a year he read Kim; and he read Kim, it was plain, at whim: not to teach, not to criticize, just for love—he read it, as Kipling wrote it, just because he liked to, wanted to, couldn't help himself. To him it wasn't a means to a lecture or article, it was an end; he read it not for anything he could get out of it, but for itself.

Thanks very much to Taylor Posey for the following image of a bookseller's illiterate description of Kipling's Kim (click to enlarge):

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