Excerpt from Madame Sand a Biographical Comedy
In Madame Sand the author has brought us past lives free from the odor of camphor and the rattle of moth balls. His resurrection of famous characters is worked with a touch that brings them really to life. It is not the efficacy of the embalming ﬂuid but the glow of life that he has breathed into them.
The biographical drama usually has the vigor of an obituary. Instead of Here Is it is invariably Here Lies. But not so with George and Alfred and Pagello and Chopin and all the others. They live and breathe and seek. And in their seeking we find all that is at once human and tragic. Can one feel that George is seeking liberty or is it liberation? Is it not the hungry reaching - out for some new con tact that will explain all the mysteries of life? Is it not the dissatisfied soul - not dissatisfied with what it has but with what it feels? Is not the same quest for the unknown to be found in Alfred and Chopin and to a less degree in Pagello?
Are these not souls between mediocrity and great ness wh'o scoff at the conventions of one and are lost in the mazes of the other? Is it not a form of growth, of casting off, of revolution?
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