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Another One from Cozzens’ By Love Possessed

From page 66 of the great novel by James Gould Cozzens, italics by Mockingbird: Mr. Woolf said, “That’s the thing that interests me about history, Judge. Most of what you read’s ex parte — we’re used to studying evidence, so we see that right away. What aren’t they telling you? A lot of men they […]

Other Than A Knave Or A Fool: Cozzens, Rattigan & Frankenstein

James Gould Cozzens, who knew so many clergy, and right up close, remarked in a letter to his mother that he didn’t think he had met a ‘professional Christian who was other than a knave or a fool’ (23 July 1935). The ‘fool’ part got this reader’s attention, and I wondered. For some reason, the […]

Deep Notes Of A Blast From The Past: James Gould Cozzens’ Men And Brethren

The reason that the neglected American novelist James Gould Cozzens (1903-1978) finds a resonance with Mockingbird has to do with his observations on human nature — he believed in Original Sin — and with his unforgettable, discomfiting descriptions of reality, things as they are, De rerum natura. Moreover, Cozzens had an archaeological personal link with […]

Another One From James Gould Cozzens

This one comes from his Pulitzer-winning 1948 WWII novel “Guard of Honor.” This time with a Romans 8:20 vibe:

“Conceited men proudly called their shots and proceeded to miss them, without even the comfort of realizing that few attended long enough to notice, and fewer cared… courageous patience overdid it and missed the boat; good Samaritans, stopping, found it was a trap and lost their shirts, too — everyday incidents in the manifold pouring-past of the Gaderene swine, possessed at someone’s whim, but demonstrably innocent — for what was a guilty pig, or a wicked one? —  “

From James Gould Cozzens’ By Love Possessed

An incredible quote from James Gould Cozzens’ novel By Love Possessed (1957) with a strong Luke 12 feel: “In a careful review of worries of their lives, most men’s finding must be, neither that there was nothing to worry about, nor that worry couldn’t be on occasion, a valuable, profitable exercise, but that all or […]