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(Joseph) Leon Edel (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 9, 1907 September 5, 1997) was a North American literary critic who grew up in Saskatchewan and taught English and American literature at New York University, 1966 1972. ...

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The secret of biography resides in finding the link between talent and achievement. A biography seems irrelevant if it doesn't discover the overlap between what the individual did and the life that made this possible. Without discovering that, you have shapeless happenings and gossip.

Of the creative spirits that flourished in Concord, Massachusetts, during the middle of the nineteenth century, it might be said that Hawthorne loved men but felt estranged from them, Emerson loved ideas even more than men, and Thoreau loved himself.