W.H. Auden on the Talentless Wanting to Write

“Among this host of would-be writers, the majority have no literary gift. This is not surprising in itself. A marked gift for anything is not very common. What is surprising is that such a high percentage of those without a marked talent for any particular profession should think of writing as the solution.” Read on. [by way of Books, Inq.]

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  1. Thanks for this link: most delicious.

    When a meer child, staring W. H. in the face (what wrinkles! what curmudgeonly expressions!), I thought him a most frightful old codger. Now that I am a young crone, I find him delightful.

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