Camille R. La Bossiere (essay date winter1983-84)
SOURCE: La Bossiere, Camille R. “The Mysterious End of James De Mille's Unfinished Strange Manuscript.” Essays on Canadian Writing 27 (winter 1983-84): 41-54.
[In the following essay, La Bossiere contends that De Mille did not leave A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder unfinished, but that the text simply “played itself … out,” a direct result of De Mille's comedic use of repetition in the novel.]
As when we dwell upon a word we know Repeating, till the word we know so well Becomes a wonder, and we know not why.
—Tennyson, “Launcelot and Elaine”...
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