By Bernard A. Drabeck, Helen E. Ellis, Richard Wilbur
"During the final 5 years of his lifestyles MacLeish participated during this sequence of interviews tracing his occupation as a poet, Librarian of Congress, statesman, and guy of letters. He speaks candidly of his pupil years, his 'expatriate interval' in Paris, and his next writing and instructing. The editor/interviewers have properly requested purely short, perceptive questions, leaving the highlight at the poet. His language is colloquial, and the diversity of his writing event, and associates should still turn out attention-grabbing to readers."--Library Journal
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Here too there is a body of prose pieces dealing with issues which are still very much with us. Then comes my appointment as Boylston Professor at Harvard and the work which took me into literary criticismspecifically Poetry and Experience etc. What this all comes down to is that there is a considerable body of material in prose and, more importantly, in verse dealing with aspects of poetic and political and economic and moral issues which are by no means of merely historic interest, and that there is, still alive and in Page 7 really good shape, an old character over here on a hill, who might well be willing to discuss points of difficulty with scholars young or old who had mastered the written materials and wanted to push the discussion farther.
Do you remember the circumstances of your tripthings like getting the children ready and getting packed? Oh, God! We sailed from Boston on a boat called the LafayetteI don't know Page 25 how many tons it was, not many thousand, I'm sureand landed at Le Havre. And the trip did include a good deal of difficulty, because Kenny was six and Mimi was a year old. We got a wonderful old Irish nurse who agreed to go over with us to get us through this problem you're talking about. As I look back on the whole thing, it just overwhelms me: the blind trustfulness with which I approached all these things!
How much time he could give would depend on how busy he was (and he plans to be good and busy) but something could certainly be worked out. Now all this seems to me to make sense. You collect the materials, the materials attract the interested, and the interested have an opportunity (within reason) to consult the old codger when they know enough about the record to put the right questions. But how this translates into a project to be funded I simply don't know. There would be materials to buy or secure copies of and there would perhaps be some recording to do but beyond that I have no inklings.
Archibald MacLeish: reflections by Bernard A. Drabeck, Helen E. Ellis, Richard Wilbur