Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tunneling through the Mad Scene: October 15, 2015

October 15, 1923           
Hogarth House

I am now in the thick of the mad scene in Regent’s Park.  I find I write it by clinging as tight to fact as I can, & write perhaps 50 words a morning.  This I must re-write some day. I think the design is more remarkable than in any of my books.  I feel I can use up everything I’ve ever thought. . . .  I’ve only been feeling my way into it—up till last August anyhow.  It took me a year’s groping to discover what I call my tunneling process, by which I tell the past by installments, as I have need of it.  This is my prime discovery so far; & the fact that I’ve been so long finding it, proves, I think, how flase Percy Lubbock’s doctrine is – that you can do this sort of thing consciously.

(D2 272)

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