À travers Céline, la littérature by Henri Godard

By Henri Godard

« Céline est un grand écrivain, mais ce n'est pas un écrivain comme les autres. Il m'arrive aujourd'hui encore, en lisant un des "contre-Céline" qui se publient périodiquement, de me demander remark j'ai pu consacrer tant d'années à éditer et à explorer l'œuvre d'un auteur aussi controversé et, en effet, aussi problématique... »

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Leonard and Virginia published such luminaries as T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, and E. M. Forster, in addition to their own work, and like Ray and Joyce they were “hands on,” even setting type themselves, and wrapping books in parcels to send off to book buyers. In 1974, it’s doubtful that Ray and Joyce were thinking of any comparisons to the Woolfs, and their reasons for inaugurating Ontario Review were unique to them. Ray, despite having earned his PhD in eighteenthcentury literature at the University of Wisconsin, had, as a young man, his own literary ambitions, producing a couple of novels and some short stories that, he later said, “didn’t pan out”; and he’d always maintained a lively interest in contemporary literature.

It’s a symposium. A gathering. 1 Since both Oates and Smith were then teaching at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, Ontario Review seemed the appropriate name. The journal’s subheading, “A North American Journal of the Arts,” suggested its ambition to seek out the best work available from both Canadian and American writers. As Ray once remarked, in an interview he gave me for Invisible Writer: A Biography of Joyce Carol Oates (Dutton, 1998), “It was intended to bridge what Joyce and I .

In “On Editing Ontario Review,” he wrote: I see editing a magazine not as compiling but creating, and the finished product as a work of art in its own right. . The rewards of the job are many— discovering a well-shaped and compelling story or poem by a previously unpublished writer, watching hitherto disconnected material gradually assume a focus, getting some positive reactions from people you admire. Finally, the editor, for better or worse, contributes (no matter how little) to the shaping of a culture.

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