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A Touch More RareHarry Berger, Jr., and the Arts of Interpretation$
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Nina Levine and David Lee Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230303

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823230303.001.0001

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The Power of Prodigality in the Work of Derek Walcott and Harry Berger

The Power of Prodigality in the Work of Derek Walcott and Harry Berger

(p.165) Chapter 12 The Power of Prodigality in the Work of Derek Walcott and Harry Berger
A Touch More Rare

Nina Levine

David Lee Miller

Fordham University Press

The deeper level linking of Walcott and Berger through the motif of the prodigal and the reverberations of the various meanings of prodigality, the connection is also a leap — a leap of imagination, a leap of faith. The late-blooming emergence of Harry's art criticism is prefigured by the series of cover illustrations beginning with the Vermeer and Uccello paintings that adorn the companion collections, Second World and Green World and Revisionary Play. The independence of Berger's art criticism is made possible by the break with the signature concept “second world” — announced in the 1965 essay on “The Renaissance Imagination” and repeated in Second World and GreenWorld — as the philosophical framework that had previously directed his thinking.

Keywords:   Derek Walcott, Harry Berger, prodigality, art criticism, second world

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