First-person narratives

Today's Five Books interview on The Browser is with William Fiennes. I found it to be both interesting and odd, however, that Fiennes chooses such a great selection of first-person narratives, including Edmund Gosses's Father & Son, but then keeps going on about how self-centred and egotistical the first-person narrative is, an attitude perhaps more at home with Phillip Gosse than the son Fiennes then claims to admire! It sounds to me that Fiennes thinks it's ok for a writer to be 'self-centred' if they've been dead for over a century. He then unpacks 'memoir' to be the 'me-me' form. We, all of us, should be self-centred, for it is preferable to finding a grounding in the centre of another!


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