Robert Penn Warren Long Fiction Analysis
Often, what Robert Penn Warren said about other writers provides important insight into his own works. This is especially true of Warren’s perceptive essay “The Great Mirage: Conrad and Nostromo” (in Selected Essays), in which he discusses the enigmatic speech of Stein in Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim (1900): A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavor to do, he drowns—nicht wahr?No! I tell you! The way is to the destructive element submit yourself, and with the exertions of your hands and feet in the water make the deep, deep sea keep you up.
Warren interprets the dream here as...
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