Friday, August 28, 2009

A Brief History of the Individual

1938: "In this domain the individual will remain, individualism will remain, without any theoretical and ideological bulwarks. A man will continue to gain or lose his own soul." (Ezra Pound, Guide to Kulchur, p. 52)

1944: "How do you react to our slogan 'Total Everybody Always'? Have you at last understood that your miserable failure as an individual is proof that you pursue a lost cause?" (Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave, p. 100)

1947: "Though tragedy was in the process of becoming unreal and meaningless it seemed one was still permitted to remember the days when an individual life held some value and was not a mere misprint in a communiqué. He lit a cigarette." (Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano, p. 5)


Laura Carter said...

You forgot Adler.

Thomas said...

You will have to be more specific. I haven't read much Adler.

Laura Carter said...

Oh---Alfred Adler. Individual psychology.

Thomas said...

I meant I need two sharpish sentences and a date (preferably 1941).