Norse discusses recently published letters he received as a
young writer from W.H. Auden.
Auden advised Norse to accept the locked doors of the
literary world as a sign of his true calling in life as a saint.
When Norse speaks of a politically correct left, he means an academic
élite that restrains the use of a certain kind of language even when it’s
essential to the work.
Section 3 of the interview closes with a question of identify:
“It seems to me that you’re making more than a writer when you take an illiterate and give him the ability to express himself with a self conscious understanding of his real social and political position. That is an extremely powerful thing to do and it can be devastating.”
Interview with Harold Norse, Part 1 Section 3- Saints and Self Destruction
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