Decent essay - as ever - by James Wood on John Bayley's collected literary criticism in the LRB. Nice line from Wood:

Having stripped Proust of half his wealth, the rest of Bayley’s essay expires into biographical gossip – pauper’s criticism.

Readers Comments

  1. Is it just me, or is anyone else uncomfortable with that generalising opening paragraph? He does this sort of thing a lot. I sense a smug, reductionism at work beneath it all. Maybe Wood should be writing a blog to get rid of this habit.

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