Henry James joyously engaged in the act of writing. A good day’s writing gave him a sense of strength, of control over chaos, a victory of order and clarity over the confused battle of existence.
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The biographer who writes the life of his subject’s self-concept passes through a fade into the inner house of life.
Any biographer must of necessity become a pilgrim a peripatetic, obsessed literary pilgrim, a traveler with four eyes.
The answer to old age is to keep one’s mind busy and to go on with one’s life as if it were interminable.