Friday, April 01, 2016


The Bane of Literature

Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914-2003), "Why Virgil?" Proceedings of the Virgil Society 20 (1991) 60-75 (at 66-67):
Commentaries, I believe—except that minimum which is necessary in order to understand the text and the allusions—are the bane of literature, especially when they become, as they too often become in our system of education, a substitute for the literature on which they comment, and which is left unread.

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