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Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali

George Orwell

Benefit of Clergy: Some Notes on Salvador Dali, 1944 [L.m./F.s.: 2015-09-24 / 0.16 KiB]
‘Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats. However, even the most flagrantly dishonest book (Frank Harris's autobiographical writings are an example) can without intending it give a true picture of its author. Dali's recently published Life comes under this heading. Some of the incidents in it are flatly incredible, others have been rearranged and romanticised, and not merely the humiliation but the persistent ordinariness of everyday life has been cut out...’

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