The Biographical Fallacy
The relation between an artist’s work and biography is always complex and becomes especially so when the artist dies under extraordinary circumstances: murder, suicide, or unaccounted disappearance. People tend to take a teleological approach to his work, reading it backward from the death to the beginning, and everything now seems to point inevitably toward the terrible end.
KeywordsDepression Cane Burial Metaphor Verse
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