Three authors

I’ve just been reading the Wikipedia links for the authors I mentioned in the previous post.

There’s some absolutely amazing titbits of information in there . . .

Apparently Blaise Cendrars once ‘lived in a house in Biarritz that had been decorated with murals by Pablo Picasso and drove an old Alfa Romeo that had been colour-coordinated by Georges Braque’.

Louis-Ferdinand Celine meanwhile was prosecuted for his anti-semitic views and spent several years exiled in Denmark among other places.

Finally William Carlos Williams believed socialism would emerge as the dominant political force; something he viewed as essential to the development of ‘true art’.

Anyway, I think it’s fair to say all three writers shared a modernist sensibility. All three were writing more or less contemporaneously, separately seeking out new literary forms better suited to a world hurtling headlong into unknown territory.

Here’s one of Carlos Williams’ best-known, and most beautiful, poems:

This is just to say

I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the icebox

and which

you were probably


for breakfast

Forgive me

they were delicious

so sweet

and so cold


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