„When Pushkin - who was in the position of having to think what form a national culture might take - called for a dispassionate criticism, he wasn't calling for help in writing poems, which he could do all by himself. He was merely stated his wish to write them in a civilized atmosphere, whose absence was reducing him to isolation, and thereby damaging his individuality.“
— Clive James Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist 1939 - 2019
'A Death in Life'
Essays and reviews, Snakecharmers in Texas (1988)