T. E. Hulme: Speculations

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“The covers of a book are responsible for much error,” wrote T. E. Hulme in one of his earliest notebooks: “They set a limit round certain convenient groups of ideas, when there are really no limits.” The phrase could form an ironic epigraph for Speculations (1924), the posthumous collection of Hulme's essays edited by Herbert Read. Read began the work of editing Hulme's manuscripts with the assistance of A. R. Orage late in 1921; when Orage left England in the autumn of 1922, Read continued the work alone. He had been presented with a collection of lecture scripts, articles from The New Age, and fragmentary notes, and evidently had difficulty ordering them. The selection that he assembled contains relatively …

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Whitworth, Michael. "Speculations". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 February 2005
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