By Machado De Assis
Machado de Assis (1839-1908) is the nice Brazilian writer of thinker or puppy? and Epitaph of a Small Winner, whose paintings is in demand via writers as diversified as Salman Rushdie, Carlos Fuentes, Woody Allen and Susan Sontag. Taken from his mature interval, those astounding tales echo Poe and Gogol, count on Joyce, and feature been in comparison to the writing of Chekhov, Maupassant and Henry James, but his smooth sensibility and clear-eyed humour stay totally exact.
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Though Cather seems to embrace the potentially elitist Arnoldian idea of culture as a solely spiritual endeavor, she also depicts the liberal side of his argument: Even as Thea struggles to enter the rarified air of a select few opera singers, she forms a diverse family of artistic supporters who together serve as a model of American community. ” He goes on to encourage Thea to put all her trust in Mrs. Nathanmeyer, stating, “Whatever she says about music, about clothes, about life, will be correct” (530).
She tells Tevis that a week after the engagement, Peppo came to me in rage, with a paper called The American Gentleman, and showed me a page devoted to three photographs: Mr. and Mrs. Siegmund Stein, lately married in New York City, and Kitty Ayrshire, operatic soprano, who sang at their house-warming. . Poor Peppo wasn’t mentioned. Stein has a publicity sense. (466) After hearing Tevis’s stories, Kitty only now realizes that Stein had used her image one last time as an advertisement of his increasing success.
For example, after returning to her hometown, Moonstone, Colorado, from her musical studies in Chicago, Thea is criticized by her siblings for singing at a Mexican dance. As Thea begins to argue against the use of ethnic stereotypes and defend the Mexicans’ cleanliness and manners, her mother, who partially recognizes Thea’s talent, intervenes, “No use spoiling your Sunday dinner with race prejudices. The Mexicans suit me and Thea very well. 14 Yet as Thea’s sister Anna continues bickering with her, it becomes clear that for Thea this argument hinges not only on alleged ethnic characteristics like “usefulness” but, more significantly, on the way that artistic commonalities and an appreciation for “talent” can transcend conventional values.
A Chapter of Hats: Selected Stories by Machado De Assis