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By Susan Dick, Declan Kiberd

Ellmann's sensitivity to what it intended to be an artist formed his paintings from the outset: "The lifetime of an artist ... differs from the lives of different people in that its occasions have gotten inventive resources whilst they command his current cognizance. rather than permitting on a daily basis, driven again via the following, to lapse into vague reminiscence, he shapes back the stories that have formed him." Richard Ellmann died in 1987. His lifestyles and paintings have touched the lives of many. the various essays during this assortment commemorate Richard Ellmann and his committment to 20th Century literature: such a lot supply a continuous research of the 20th Century literature to which he committed his carrer. members contain: Alison Armstrong, Daniel Albright, Christopher Butler, Carol Cantrell, Jonathan Culler, Elizabeth Butler Cullingford, Andonis Decavelles, Rupin Desai, Susan Dick, Terence Diggory, Terry Eagleton, Rosita Fanto, Charles Feidelson, James Flannery, Charles Huttar, Bruce Johnson, John Kelleher, Brendan Kennelly, Frank Kermode, Declan Kiberd, Peter Kuch, Bruce Johnson, James Laughlin, A. Walton Litz, Dominic Manganiello, Ellsworth Mason, Christie McDonald, Dougald McMillan, Sean O'Mordha, Vivian Mercier, Mary T. Reynolds, William ok. Robertson, Joseph Ronsley, S.P. Rosenbaum, Ann Saddlemyer, Sylvan Schendler, Daniel Schneider, Fritz Senn, Jon Stallworthy, Lonnie Weatherby, Thomas Whitaker, and Elaine Yarosky.

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Mary was the picture of distraction and worry. As the experienced father now of three, all good howlers on occasion, I picked Stevie up, laid him over my shoulder, and firmly patted his diaper. An enormous burp erupted. He gave one last yip and dropped into sound, sweet sleep. Mary of course absorbed the whole lesson instantly. As for Dick, I watched his face reassembling itself stage by stage as he took in, considered, comprehended, and assimilated all the levels of meaning and guidance in this demonstration.

Nearly every day I had fresh cause to bless the luck that had brought us together. I might say, too, that we were not at all in competition. He was there to work on his biography of Yeats. I had come to learn as much about Ireland as I could and possibly to meet some of the writers—in particular Sean O'Faolain, Frank O'Connor and Austin Clarke—in whose work I was then most interested. Three years earlier I had had an exchange of letters with O'Faolain and I now thought I might write him, asking for an interview.

Mary of course absorbed the whole lesson instantly. As for Dick, I watched his face reassembling itself stage by stage as he took in, considered, comprehended, and assimilated all the levels of meaning and guidance in this demonstration. Then he began to laugh, chuckling softly in his wonted way. 1 At that time, although Michaux had been writing for over twenty years and had an established reputation in France, his work was scarcely known hi the United States except through a few translations in small magazines.

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