Criticism occupies the lowest place in the literary hierarchy; as regards form, almost always; and as regards "moral value," incontestably. It comes after rhyming games and acrostics, which at least require a certain inventiveness.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Ouch and double ouch!
From Robert Hendrickson's The Literary Life and Other Curiosities (1994). Gustave Flaubert writing to a friend: