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Paolo Febbraro On Writing The Diary of Kaspar Hauser

Paolo Febbraro On Writing The Diary of Kaspar Hauser

There’s a lot I could say about The Diary of Kaspar Hauser. I know the book came into the world after a dear friend of mine, perhaps in 1993, persuaded me to watch a famous Werner Herzog movie, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. I also know that I started to pen the first idea of my work two years later, in June 1995. I recall how the movie’s sequence of events replayed in my mind, and I began to write, in verse, lines which in fantasy I attributed to the main character

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CARSON MCCULLERS: ASTUTE AND UNACKNOWLEDGED PHILOSOPHER OF LOVE

CARSON MCCULLERS: ASTUTE AND UNACKNOWLEDGED PHILOSOPHER OF LOVE

Tennessee Williams, in “Some Words Before,” a preface to Virginia Spencer Carr’s definitive biography, The Lonely Hunter said Carson McCullers had the “tongue of angels,” and this gave her the power to sing the lonely heart and make it an anthem. Since music and love are primary considerations in her work, let us add that McCullers is an astute and unacknowledged philosopher of love, one whose wisdom and understanding preceded…

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