Clive James — A Life In Writing Culture

Sad sketch of poet and critic approaching death. “Almost everything in the life of this great literary polymath is edged with darkness. James dwells in a kind of internal exile: from family, from good health and from convivial literary association, even from his own native land. His circumstances evoke a fate that Dante might plausibly have inflicted on a junior member of the damned in one of the less exacting circles of hell” (2,100 words)

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