By Henry James
"It's a bleak white January day, and I've been drinking cup after cup of hot tea and reading Henry James. I'd never realized how really good he is. One is quite willing to stumble through pages of ambiguities for those sudden, exquisite lines, those almost unexpected revelations. I'd never realized how deeply he has influenced the present poets—Eliot, Auden, etc. I want us to read the Beast in the Jungle together."