“It was accepted by this time at school that I was a writer; and I accepted it simply, too, without thinking about it.”
He had his happy times and I think those periods were usually associated with absolute freedom from responsibility and full expression of his genius. He hated to be tied down
“David’s appearance of whiteness, fairness, dazzled himself.” He was so sure of his own rightness that anyone who opposed him must therefore be evil.
that narrative mode [detective as hero] had not gained genre dominance. An alternative model equally existed, splitting the role of detective among various characters: Lucy Sussex
we must own that it will not please one man in twenty. But for that we must blame not the author’s genius, but our public’s aesthetic limitations.