Now writing is subject to its own peculiar laws. He adapted himself to his work. David, however, was convinced that they had acted in this way on purpose. Content, presentation and insight are infinitely more important. Nevertheless, by degrees, I did eventually get to know him a little better, and even came to admire his dry, abstract wit.
New hopes presented themselves to him, as he shed twenty years from his age. There are some psychological shocks which arrest the development of personality at certain stages of childhood, just as there are others which free tensions hitherto repressed. It has all the force of unalloyed pessimism. Wells, such as The First Men in the Moon. It is probable that, before very long, Philosophical Notes will in turn be published, as they provide a wealth of information on Lindsay's thinking.
From his writing, illness would appear to be the exception, and almost shameful. David Lindsay was June 20, 1X56 — not 1826. His primary education completed, Lindsay was admitted to Lewisham Grammar School, where he showed himself to be brilliant at Mathematics and English. Aged sixty-two at the time, Lindsay could only contemplate a writing career that was sadly in the doldrums, as it was to remain, indeed, until his death, seven years later, whilst I was just twenty years of age, with my own literary status completely non-existent. They eventually decide to visit together the third room which, since their first meeting, has seemed to hide some disturbing secret. He found Hitler's pretensions ridiculous, and used to say that he did not know what was meant by the Aryan race.
But when he tries to express this theme in terms of his contemporary world, he encounters a problem. Another literary guest was Leo Huberman, who had just scored such a success with his Man's Worldly Goods, chosen by Victor Gollancz for production by his then lately-formed Left Book Club. Should a serious writer allow his integrity to become degraded, in order to cope with the pressures of external factors on his art? The next day, alone, he goes into the inside of the tomb, where he discovers the second piece of the magic stone that he possesses. He was put in charge of the account books, and was entrusted with the task of dealing with correspondence. It was only on rare occasions, perhaps when relating a joke, that he really relaxed in the company of his colleagues.
One might even wonder whether the instinctive horror of the sun, which characterises so many of Lindsay's pages, did not have its origin in this malady which overtook him, and which inhibited him from remaining in the sunshine. But most spontaneous writing springs from the ability to say T. After some fourteen years of hesitation, which in fact concealed the boredom they felt for one another, the engagement was formally broken. The stories of Lindsay are not some kind of intimate self-revelation. Soon after moving in, they started to welcome paying guests, and in particular French students who came to spend several months in England with the object of perfecting their English.
Whenever he could, he got away from Birdcage Walk, in order to devote himself to his favourite activities. He would then write 36 The life and personality of the author throughout the morning and, usually, for a good part of the afternoon, writing his books directly onto the typewriter until reaching the final version, when he would type once again with very great care, starting each page again at the slightest erasure. If Lindsay often compared literary creation to a woman's pregnancy12, it is also true that, psychologically, these two gestations are identical. She was young, only eighteen in fact. The journey by airship takes place without incident, but, soon after arrival on the new star, Maskull loses consciousness. In literature, according to all the evidence, one of the elements is missing; namely, the man.
From their few encounters, Gollancz gained the impression of having dealt with an exceptional man, albeit a pitiful writer. And the heroes of the other books - Nicholas Cabot, Anthony Kerr, even Henry Saltfleet - are quite simply trapped in it. At Ferring, in spite of the financial difficulties, ever more pressing, life was much more relaxed. Hence, Lewis placed Lindsay in the field of modern 'fantasy', as distinct from science-fiction, which had its origin in the writings of, amongst others, George MacDonald, and diversified itself through the inspiration of Charles Williams, Mervyn Peake and J. He was approaching forty himself, and had already been attacked by the complaint that was hereditary in the family; a particularly acute kind of jaundice that required, amongst other things, a very strict diet. In fact, after leaving the environment of Bloomsbury, Myers settled in Sussex, at East Grinstead.
Moreover, he had scarcely expected to be a commercial success. She then finds herself face to face with Judge, the owner of the house. Jacqueline Lindsay had a habit of telling her husband that he was inhuman, but perhaps he was too human, seeking to hide the weaknesses of his suffering nature behind a mask of hardness. And in a sense, Lindsay's politeness, his good manners, prevented him from transforming Jane Austen into something more stormy and violent. In spite of his self-assurance, Spadevil strikes us as being a false prophet. Our perception of this reality is booby-trapped with our own expectation of boredom that is to say, with negative expectation, which, in turn, induces what it anticipates. Bacon for the information that they have so willingly given me, Georges Prudhomme who suggested this study, and similarly my friend and translator, Kenneth Gunnell, for the support that he has brought to me, and also his wife, Jean, for undertaking the considerable task of compiling the voluminous Index.