By Owen Barfield, Jeanne Clayton Hunter, Thomas Kranidas
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It will come. ("Bad Day") Owen Barfield was experiencing the urban atrocities of noise (to which he was and is unusually sensitive) and congestion, technological intrusions on privacy and human relationships. The relentlessness of his "professional" life, along with other pres- Page 5 sures, led him to the verge of a nervous breakdowna breakdown averted, he tells us, by the catharsis of his charming autobiographical novel, This Ever Diverse Pair (1950). In this narrative the musing solicitor is shown in his two facesBurgeon the poet and Burden the practical man of vocation; this small imbedded lyric suggests how Barfield wittily managed his depression: Burgeon: The little waves on London River Are bombed with light: they flash and quiver And laugh and toss back to the Giver His shattered shards.
By John C. Ulreich, Jr. (West Stockbridge, MA: Lindisfarne Press, 1983). "Dope," The Criterion I (July, 1923), 322-8. "The Devastated Area," The New Age (July 3, 1924), 116-118. "Mrs. Cadogan" [as by Michael Owen], New Adelphi (March, 1928), 233-9. "Night Operation" was published in two parts in Towards in Vol. 2, no. 4 (Fall-Winter, 1983), 10-19, and Vol. 2, no. 5 (Summer-Fall, 1984), 14-21. Published by State University of New York Press, Albany � 1993 State University of New York All rights reserved Production by Susan Geraghty Marketing by Bernadette LaManna Printed in the United States of America No part of this book may be used or reproducedin any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.
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A Barfield sampler: poetry and fiction by Owen Barfield, Jeanne Clayton Hunter, Thomas Kranidas