Aldous Huxley (essay date 1926)
SOURCE: Huxley, Aldous. Introduction to The Autobiography and Memoirs of Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846), by Benjamin Robert Haydon, edited by Tom Taylor. Vol. 1, pp. v-xix. London: Peter Davies, 1926.
[In the following excerpt from his introduction to the 1926 edition of Haydon's Autobiography, Huxley insists that Haydon wasted his creative energy on painting when it was as a writer—in particular as a romantic novelist—that Haydon's true talent lay.]
Haydon was something more than a bad and deservedly unsuccessful painter. He was a great personality to begin with. And in the second place he was, as I like to think, a born writer who wasted his life...
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