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By Beverly Cleary

Generations of kids have grown up with Henry Huggins, Ramona Quimby, and all in their associates, households, and various pets. for everybody who has loved the pranks and schemes, embarrassing moments, and all the different poignant and colourful photographs of youth delivered to existence in Beverly Cleary books, this is the attention-grabbing precise tale of the striking lady who created them.

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It was an intense period in which I felt that not to be thinking, feeling, writing, was sinful. Was this a version of the perpetual prayer compulsion I later read about? Early intellectual trends. Distrust of polemics. The Unmediated Vision. Religious implication of this first book. While still in graduate school, I had become an amateur phenomenologist—observing, letting impressions resonate, attentive to the perceptibility of things and the act of becoming conscious of consciousness itself, while not fearing for a core self, that it might be overwhelmed.

Some ten years later, I began to be concerned, not just delighted or challenged, by the burden of knowledge weighing on both scholar and creative writer after more than a century of historicism, augmented by the beginnings of a media-accelerated information explosion. ” How could literature, supposedly original and creative, absorb the growing chaos of interpretations and endless arrays of fact? Could poetry remain, as Wordsworth phrased it, “the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge”? ” Important cultural critics were moving into the universities.

I became fully aware of the Anglo-American polemic downgrading Romanticism as naïve, adolescent, self-deluding, un-Modernist. No tough intellectual grace there, no theological challenges, but a too liberal or sentimental or spilt religiosity. In English departments, moreover, including that of Yale, there was little interest in Continental Romanticism’s contribution to critical theory. It was my affection, encouraged by René Wellek, for the delayed but extraordinary German renaissance in literature and philosophy at the turn of the eighteenth century (Wellek’s first major work was Kant in England) that alerted me to the importance of Romanticism and sparked my resistance to any version of intellectual history omitting its contribution.

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