Well of course it does, it has been said that we are for­med by the first five years of our lives and af­ter that it’s all re­pe­ti­tion. I feel ve­ry much, in the words of Ten­ny­son’s Ulysses, that “I am part of all that I have met.”(2) It’s a beau­ti­ful place.


The bio­gra­phi­cal facts raise the ques­tion of your Ame­ri­can­ness. Ma­ny cri­tics have poin­ted out how dee­ply Ame­ri­can your work is in its em­pi­ri­cism, its em­brace of

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