- What does Frost mean by "Stevenson's in favor [...] consumptive"?
- "Hardy's against God for the blunder of sex"?
- "Sinclair Lewis's against small American towns"?
- "Shakespeare's mixed"?
- I don't understand the rest of this paragraph either, on page 521 of The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 2.
My attempt to get to the bottom of a fellow writer's stuff this time put this into my head: All that makes a writer is the ability to write strongly and directly from some unaccountable and almost invincible personal prejudice like [Robert Louis] Stevenson's in favor of all being happy as kings no matter if consumptive, or Hardy against God for the blunder of sex, or Sinclair Lewis’ against small American towns, or Shakespeare’s mixed, at once against and in favor of life itself. I take it that everybody has the prejudice and spends some time feeling for it to speak and write from. But most people end as they begin by acting out the prejudices of other people.