A literary career or a brilliant, successful one-off?

Take your pick

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Anyway, do we really want consistency in an artist ? What does this pressure to please the market have to do with art ? Originality involves risk, and risk implies the possibility of failure. That’s how greatness is born. Melville was acclaimed for Typee and Omoo. Then he immersed himself in Moby-Dick and eventually died penniless and obscure.

“Writers who flourish at the peak of their powers for longer than a decade, or even two, are rare birds.”

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