Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A reading biography

"A biography of any literary person ought to deal at length with what he read and when, for in some sense, we are what we read."

Joseph Epstein, "The Noblest Distraction," in Joseph Epstein, Plausible Prejudices: Essays on American Writing (London: Norton, 1985), quoted in Maryanne Wolf, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (New York: HarperCollins, 2007), p. 5.

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