File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 305


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 19:32:42 -0800
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Gift Economy


Aside number 2:

I'm writing this from memory, so paraphrasing. Forgive my inaccuracy.

In the NYT obituary for Robert Graves, it mentioned that he  
encountered a banker acquaintance on the street who remarked that  
"there isn't much money in poetry, is there." Graves replied "there  
isn't much poetry in money either, so I guess we're even."

Graves wrote prose works like "The White Goddess" and "I Claudius" to  
finance his less remunerative poetry. When asked if he resented having  
to cater to an audience, he said "Not at all. Writing for an audience  
sharpens the mind and keeps me honest."

If anyone has the exact quotes, please post.
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