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Linton- Life in the Collections

William James Linton:

95) Threescore and Ten Years, 1820 to 1890. Recollections.

New York, 1894

The expectations of friends and critics like A.H. Bullen were high, but when Linton’s autobiography finally appeared it revealed first and foremost that he was unwilling and perhaps also incapable to envision and dramatize his recollections. His reminiscences poured forth from his pen like a fast-paced cataract of unstructured information, as a kind of automatic writing, uncontrolled and apparently without having been proof-read. Twice he felt the need to interrupt his continuous shorthand report to confess to the reader that he feels incapable of bringing his recollections into a correct chronological order.