Lorine's cabin water lily

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Author: Havelock Ellis
Title: The dance of life
Publisher: Houghton
Year of Publication: 1923
Type of document: Book

Notes: "Lorine Niedecker '24" written at top of first page of book.

Written in pencil on last page of book:
"Bertrand Russell -
1. 'Principles of Social Reconstruction.'
2. 'Studies in the Psychology of Sex' - Elis.
3. Principles of Sociology - Barnes-Haynes
categorical imperative"

Written in pencil on inside of back cover:
"110, 111, 109, 103, 89, 85, 84, 70, 134, 135, 140, 155, 163, 169, 320, 325, 342, 348 [underlined in ink, 'versus Senor' written behind it in ink], 190 Explanation [??] of derangement from rule - old as Aristotle."

p. v: Line reading "Rodin that 'slowness is beauty,' and certainly it is..." is marked in margin.

p. vi: One line of sentence reading "We cannot remain consistent with the world save by growing inconsistent with our own past selves" is marked in the margin.

p. vii: Marks in margin near the sentence "I have never seen the same world twice."

p. viii: Portions of these sentences have been marked in the margin: "The diversity of the Many is balanced by the stability of the One. That is why life must always be a dance, for that is what a dance is: perpetual slightly varied movements which are yet always held true to the shape of the whole."

p. xiii: Something seems to have been erased near the final three lines on the page.

p. 18: A portion of this sentence has been marked in the margin: "It was felt to be the conquered rather than the conqueror who needed consolation, and it also seemed desirable to show that no feeling of animosity was left behind."

p. 30: A portion of this sentence has been marked in the margin: "That is why it is only to-day that we in the West have reached the point of nervous susceptibility which enables us in some degreee to comprehend the aesthetic supremacy which the Chinese reached more than a thousand years ago."

p. 36: Something appears to have been erased next to the footnote at the bottom of the page.

p. 41: Apparent erasure in margins by: "The auto-intoxication of rapturous movement brings the devotees, for a while at least, into that self-forgetful union with the not-self which the mystic ever seeks."

p. 70: Two lines including the phrase "Science consists in knowing, Art consists in doing" have been marked in the margin.

p. 84: A mark appears to have been erased from the margin near the 5th-7th lines on the page.

p. 103: The following sentences have been marked in the margin: "Freud regards dreaming as fiction that helps us to sleep; thinking we may regard as fiction that helps us to live. Man lives by imagination."

p. 109: The following sentence portion is marked in the margin: "Ferrero, who occupied himself with psychology before attaining eminence as a brilliant historian, suggested thirty years ago that the art impulse and its allied manifestations are transformed sexual instinct; and the sexual impulse is 'the raw material, so to speak, from which art springs...."

p. 110: The end portion of this quote have been marked in the margin: "... the external features of the male and his external activities ... have been developed out of the impluse of repressed organic sexual desire striving to manifest itself ever more urgently in the struggle to overcome the coyness of the female...."

p. 111: Two lines of this portion of a sentence have been marked in the margin: "... though I was careful to add that the transmutation of sexual energy into other forms of force must not be regarded in itself as completely accounting for all the finest human aptitudes of sympathy and art and religion."

p. 134: Portions of these sentences about Einstein are marked in the margin: "... while those who know him well say that he is 'essentially as much an artist as a discoverer.' As a matter of fact he is an artist in one of the most commonly recognized arts, being an accomplished musician, a good violinist...."

p. 135: Portions of this sentence about music have been underlined and/or marked in the margin: ""It is the most abstract, the most nearly mathematical of the arts - we may recall how music and mathematics had their scientific origin together in the discover of Pythagoras - and it is not surprising that it should be Einstein's favorite art."

p. 137: One line of this sentence appears to have been marked in the margin: "He is disposed to regard many scientific discoveries commonly regarded the work of pure thought as really works of art."

p. 140: Three lines containing "... 'possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty - a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture..." have been marked in the margin.

p. 144: There appears to have been an erasure near the last four lines of the paragraph completing on this page.

p. 146: There is a erasure plus a mark remains near the sentence "An absolute prohibition in this matter [split infinitives] is the mark of those who are too ignorant, or else too unintelligent, to recognise a usage which is of the essence of English speech."

p. 149: The line "... modern French to call cliches. We mean thereby the..." is marked with an "X" in the margin.

p. 155: Three lines containing the following sentence are marked in the margin: "It [style in writing] is also defined - and, sometimes I think, supremely well defined - as 'grace seasoned with salt.'"

p. 163: There appears to have been an erasure near the final five lines on the page.

p. 167: There appears to have been an erasure near four lines containing "... where he [Keats] seemed to be concerned with beautiful things, he was really concerned with beautiful words."

p. 168: There appears to have been an erasure near three lines containing "But the attitude of the poet in the presence of Nature is precisely that of Huysmans in the presence of art: it is the programme that interests him."

p. 169: The sentence "We see that the artist in speech moves among words rather than among things" is marked in the margin.

p. 170: There seems to be an erasure marking six lines that start with "... strong love of Nature. The poets who describe Nature...."

p. 190: There is an erasure near this sentence: "It is by the instinctive stress of a highly sensitive, or slightly abnormal constitution, that he is impelled to instil these tendencies into the alien magic of words."

p. 245: Two lines are marked, including the words "... and the word morals essentially means custom."

p. 248: There seems to be an erasure near seven lines starting with "So influential a moralist as Aristotle...."

p. 254: There appears to be an erasure in the margin, underlining of the word "categorical" appears to have been erased, underlining of the word "imperative" remains.

p. 270: Four lines are marked in the margin, including "The artist's work in life is full of struggle and toil; it is only the spectator of morals who can assume the calm aesthetic attitude."

p. 275: Erasure near the phrase "... and even shortly before his death wrote in deprecation of the notion that conformity to duty is the final aim of morality."

p. 276: Erasure near the word "dilettante" which remains underlined.

p. 277: Large erasure in the margin of this page.

p. 278: This sentence appears to be marked in the margin: "To exalt pleasure is to exalt pain; and we cannot understand the meaning of pain unless we understand the place of pleasure in the art of life."

p. 280: Large erasure in this margin of this page. "Zarathustra" remains underlined. Illegible remnants of words are visible.

p. 281: Spinoza is underlined. Question mark in margin near statement by Jules de Gaultier to the effect that "Morality is a fact of sensibility...."

p. 299: The word "eugenics" is underlined.

p. 304: The line beginning "spake Zarathustra..." may be marked. The book Studies in the Psychology of Sex appears to be marked in the footnote at bottom of the page, where he recalls suggesting "that we now have to lay the foundation of a new casuistry, no longer theological and Christian, but naturalistic and scientific."

p. 306: The line with "Principles of Social Reconstruction" at top of page is marked.

p. 312: Is there the hint of an erasure near the sentences "... each has mistaken the one drop of water he has measured for the whole ocean. Art cannot be defined because it is infinite."

p. 320: The sentence "That is 'intuition,' an instinct that has become disinterested" appears to be marked. Some erasure in the margin.

p. 322: Lines including "... an art must not be consciously pursued for any primary useful end outside itself" are marked in the margin.

p. 325: The last seven lines on the page are marked, with two of them marked again.

pp. 340-341 These sentences may or may not be marked intentionally with dots in margin: "We must seek in the human ego an instinct in which is manifested a truly autonomous play of the power of imagination..." and "The aesthetic instinct alone answers to that double demand."

p. 342: Four lines including the following have been marked in the margin: "Like Gaultier, he believes in what has been called, perhaps not happily, 'the law of irony'; that is to say, that the mark we hit is never the mark we aimed at...."

p. 348: "Ah yes" is written in pencil next to "because they, too, illustrate that faith transcending sight, without which no art is possible." In addition, written in ink beneath the "Ah yes" is "versus Senor!" Written in ink in top outside corner of page: "3 reasons for seclusion: 1. cultivate a detached manner; 2. to watch the world; 3. to instill a faith and a feeling of aloneness" with arrow pointing to phrase "without which no art is possible."

Date last updated: 11/12/15

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