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ePub ↠ mobi Black Sun The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby ñ The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby ☆ moneyexpresscard ´ Includes an afterword by the author Harry Crosby was Includes an afterword by the author Harry Crosby was the godson of J P Morgan and a friend of Ernest Hemingway Living in Paris in the twenties and directing the Black Sun Press which published James Joyce among others Geoffrey Wolff is a very capable writer I'd never read him until my fascination with the 1920s compelled me to pick up this book at Isaiah Thomas a sprawling bookstore in Mashpee MA Wolff is elouent diligent and insightful; I'd even say great What baffled me was why he would direct his attention to an unconscionable cad and degenerate like Harry Crosby Crosby was not merely a hedonist relentlessly pursuing the next high he was a child molester and a murderer who was indulged throughout his worthless life when he should have been slapped around I'd recast the subtitle just so A disturbing exploration of what can happen when old money meets bad parenting This book nearly ruined my Christmas but I can't bring myself to give a great writer like Geoffrey Wolff anything less than 4 stars On to Somerset Maugham's Christmas Holiday a salve

ePub á The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby ☆ Geoffrey Wolff

He shot his girlfriend the recent bride of another man and then himself Black Sun is novelist and master biographer Geoffrey Wolff's subtle and striking picture of a man who killed himself to make his life a work of ar He who loves should always feel a lack and should always keep his wounds open NovalisWhether in the sphere of art and legend or in real life a dramatic and tragic end for lovers seems inevitable Even when the causes of such a tragedy seem external and extrinsic to the conscious will and human desire of the lovers and appear due to an unlucky destiny it is the inner transcendental logic of the situation that demands a tragic outcome For as a poet once Said But a thin veil divides love from death Evola Harry Crosby had a seemingly irresistible pull towards love of all kinds but much stronger was his ellipse to death The author reserved a solely profane and material view of Harrys life only briefly touching upon in one chapter perhaps 12did the author choose that number by chance? the origins of Harrys mystic foundation which he had received individually by ways of ancient myths from around the world The book has much useless information crowded around a fascinating character The book shines only in its objective and extensive analysis combined with all the decadent parties and Jubilee's It was very interesting to read of Harrys connections with dh Lawrence Ezra Pound Archibald and even Salvador Dali Sadly Harry was brought downward by his gravitation towards the primitive worship of Dh Lawrenceplumed Serpent types and decadent Baudelaire typesThe mystic aura of Harrys internal Eros could have sprouted into a full blown awakening if were not for the decadent mania that influenced him The perfect example is seen within the Jacueline deity that Harry worshipped Dantes Beatrice? Jacueline was the imagined woman that captured the unatainable perfection that Harry could never and would never findnaturally The fact that he had this personal deity shows that Harry was well on his way towards finding the arrow of his target but rather he sunk into a decadent lust with a Haram of women Overall the events are interesting within his life but Geoffrey Wolff barely understood the esoteric origin of his love and deathly despair those continual extremes which are closer then first appears If you do understand the romantic and metaphysical origin of his love then this book is wholly worth it for an example of how this love when made profane and lustful as a beast can turn on the user and use him as a fool Personally I believe Harrys influence of the Rimbaudian madness destroyed Harrys internal revolving Sun and fragmented Harry into many pieces This Ultimately culminated in his early demise by his own fractured soul deceived by ideas of mystic madness Though I always have respect for a suicide of his grandeur for it's not as easy an act as it seemsPS I would recommend a reading of Julius Evolas Eros and the mysteries of love before reading this so you can truly understand Harrys violent eclipse

Geoffrey Wolff ☆ The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry Crosby eBook

Black Sun The Brief Transit and Violent Eclipse of Harry CrosbyCrosby was at the center of the wild life of the lost generation Drugs drink sex gambling the deliberate derangement of the senses in the pursuit of transcendent revelation these were Crosby's pastimes until 1929 when PLEASE SELL 10000 WORTH OF STOCK WE HAVE DECIDED TO LEAD A MAD AND EXTRAVAGANT LIFE 4 Born in 1898 to a wealthy and prominent Boston family Harry Crosby did indeed live a mad and extravagant life He hated conventions was famously generous and never imperious He hated holidays because they were arbitrary periods of freedom which were given rather than taken and because they were occasions for artificial merriment 104 He always dressed in black and was repelled by the touch of strangers although he had numerous lovers and sincerely claimed to love both his wife and several other women at the same time Harry considered himself a sun worshipper intrinsically linked love and death and despite his seemingly fickle devotion was found charming to his many lovers and to anyone upon whom he cast his attentions He introduced Hemingway to lion tamers and clowns at a Spanish circus temporarily in Paris 182 and got drunk with William Carlos Williams and then with EE Cummings whom he met in a hotel lobby 268 Causing a great scandal and his family's anger he finally convincing his great love Polly to divorce her first husband and marry him then recreated her with the new name Caresse Harry was a prolific poet but by all accounts not a very good one He is best known for his socially shocking death and for establishing the Black Sun Press that published books by Joyce DH Lawrence Crane Pound Proust MacLeish and Kay Boyle throughout the Twenties At the age of 31 Harry scandalously killed his lover Josephine another man's wife and then himself in an apparent joint suicide although no note was left behind Yet Harry through his writings and conversations had many times declared his intent to die young and by his own hand; he never let up with his talk of death and love the two always mixed in his imagination with mutual suicide apprehended as the most sublime of couplings 83 Harry and Josephine both made their intentions clear over and over The night before their death Josephine brought Harry a letter The last line read Death is our marriage 285 Harry finally found a woman willing to do what Caresse would not immortalize their love through mutual suicide In many ways Harry achieved what he intended through his death he immortalized his life and his writing Indeed the author admits that his interest in writing this very biography was largely spurred by the way that Harry died Yet Harry's story feels very unfinished if for no other reason than the almost endless list of literary ambitions Harry left incomplete He had plans for a novel with dialogue 'crisp and epigrammatic' whose heroine's life was to be 'built upon the fact that once upon a time she had sold a bouuet of roses to the ueen of Roumania' He fiddled with his diary intending to translate it into a cohesive autobiography and perhaps to embellish it with fantasy He planned to write a biography of Rimbaud He considered a play based on Walter Berry's life He wanted do write an essay about Polia Chentoff and her work and to extend into a book length monograph the essay on sun dials he had written for his mother 277 It's hard to summarize Harry's life because while very short it was filled with frantic activity great exploration and numerous well known individuals I truly enjoyed reading about his nearly unbelievable life story although I enjoyed the chapters covering his writing and providing in depth analysis of his poems and writing ability far less intriguing