255293Draft of "De Quincey's Autobiography"once he has succeeded (& the condition is indispensable for all writers)inexistat a distance;that human beings should be there, but should not come close; thatover everything that everything should be vanish expand & vanishaHis sight was difficult & strange.to dwindle&that landscapes should spread & vanish away in billowing wavesof soft vastness: that facts should have the same power to recede into the dimsoftness & elasticity.Nothing must press; nothing must hurry.He requires a subject that allows him to soliloquise & loiter;here to pick up some trifle & exploit its bestow upon it all thepower of an extremely subtle & penetrating mind, now to allow brush overwholethe prop prospect to taper off in mist & ambiguity.circulate &sweep hisbrushoverthewholeof all subjectsAutobiographythe st [the story of his own life, theexpo was his own most congenial subject, for there &of the Opium Eater is his masterpiece, the Autobiographical sketcheswhich survey a large stretch of his experience, run it very close.For here, he ]It is natural thatall this makes it naturalthat he should be at his best in reminiscences; & shouldfind the his most congenial subject in the story of his own life.40904032.3
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