Friday, September 21, 2012


Undisciplined, Undirected Curiosity

Edmund Wilson (1895-1972), To the Finland Station (1940; rpt. New York: The New York Review of Books, 2003), p. 61, on Anatole France (1844-1924):
[His] is the miscellaneous knowledge of the bookstore, unorganized by any large purpose, the undisciplined undirected curiosity of the indolent lover of reading.

Pierre Calmettes, La Bibliothèque chez Anatole France

Hat tip: John Bergmayer.

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