Dec 7, 2013

do you know, i like the idea of a jolly fellow who would publish nothing until the age of fifty and who, all of a sudden, one fine day, would bring out his complete works and leave it at that ? . . . an artist who would really be an artist for himself alone, without concerning himself with anything, that would be fine; he might enjoy himself enormously. it is probable that the pleasure one can have strolling through a virgin forest or hunting tigers is marred by the idea that one must later make an artful description to please as many bourgeois people as possible

gustave flaubert to maxime du camp (croisset, april, 1846)