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October 31, 2007

Maybe Not as Interesting an Interpretation as Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Would've Come Up With, But So It Goes

Josh Glenn, who I interviewed last week about his book Taking Things Seriously, may have solved the puzzle of what "little nameless object" is produced by the factories that secured the family fortune of a wastrel in Henry James's novel The Ambassadors.

Normally this would merit a short item in Notes and Queries or The Explicator. But in this case, the proposed solution to "the Woollett Question" appears as an article at Slate.

Next challenge: Figure out what the stolen "little object" was in Norman Mailer's Barbary Shore.

(crossposted from CT)

Posted by smclemee at October 31, 2007 6:52 PM

COMMENTS

Love the headline you give this piece---

Posted by: Bob at November 1, 2007 10:35 AM

Thanks! Sometimes the title just writes itself.

Posted by: Scott McLemee at November 1, 2007 10:57 AM