David Bromwich, 7 October 1993
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Johns Hopkins, 212 pp., £21.50, March 1993, 0 8018 4461 4Show More
Serenity in Crisis: A Preface to Paul de Man 1939-1960 by Ortwin de Graef.
Nebraska, 240 pp., £29.95, January 1993, 0 8032 1694 7Show More
“... The guru differs from the sage in point of approachability. To experience the sage, you must have read his work; the meeting may come later, and may disappoint. With the guru, personal contact matters most and the first encounter must succeed; the writing need only offer a clue to the presence. Paul de Man said enough memorable things to be quoted like scripture by the susceptible, and one of the things he said was about quotation: Citer, c’est penser ...”