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Franklin Debrot Henry James was once asked where he got his idea for a certain novel. His answer was that he was in a hotel on one occasion and as he walked through o…moreHenry James was once asked where he got his idea for a certain novel. His answer was that he was in a hotel on one occasion and as he walked through one of its corridors he heard voices coming from one of the rooms. My response to the same question put to me about JOURNEY TO COLONUS is similar. I think its germ lay in once traveling through the night on a Greyhound or Trailways bus and seeing an old man. He was traveling alone as I was. He was African-American. He was obviously of very modest means as most people are who travel far by bus. I don't remember his physical features except in one respect: I was struck by the easy and self-composed dignity of his person. I did not speak to him and he did not speak to me but I could easily imagine in him someone who'd lived through much, suffered much and knew much. (less)
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Some people have asked how I came to choose the title Journey to Colonus for my American novel. This is a good question because it allows me to address something fundamental to its structure.
Nearly everyone has heard of Oedipus Rex, Sophocles’ play and his protagonist who is fated by the gods to kill his father and have children with his mother. Sigmund Freud made the name more famous by borrowin Read more of this blog post »
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