Lincoln Kirstein fabricated the New York City Ballet, and much more
The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein
by Martin Duberman
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As every published writer learns, the regrets of authorship come to matter more: Time’s passage qualifies the enormity of our misdeeds, but our misjudgments, enshrined in print, assume a treacherous immortality, testifying to our fallibility not simply after we are silent but in theory until the day mankind is engulfed in analphabetic extinction. All it takes is one blatant rhyme to betray the elliptical poet, one cheap anachronism to corrupt convincing historical fiction—and one alluring but unsubstantiated anecdote to compromise eternally the scrupulous reconstructions of the biographer.
If only I had maintained my vigilance when researching my biography of Hart Crane and longing for the discovery of just one sailor beloved by the poet whose destiny was wedded to the sea. If only I had heeded the soft but
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