This quartet is indeed like a tapestry: try to follow a thread, and you're soon lost in the weave.
I'm doing research right now, about chapter 7 of Nile Shadows. I managed to locate the (Thomas) Mann quote (it's from "Joseph and his Brothers", vol. 1), to learn a bit more about the Athanasian Creed, and what do I find on page 121? A dreadful pun/reference to Herman Hesse.
I hope I didn't miss more puns...
: Should EW ever achieve the literary status he
: deserves, an annotated Jerusalem Quartet
: would be pretty amazing. Hmm.
: --Previous Message--
: Geez. A scholar could spend years unpacking
: the historical and literary nods in
: Whittemore's novels. EW's historical
: worldliness is incomparable, and his use of
: that knowledge in fiction dwarfs similar
: attempts by Pynchon and DeLillo. But they
: attain literary fame? Go figure.
« Back to index | View thread »