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committed artist-and he continues still in his independent vision. He goes
on-even now, after finishing the Lamy biography-to plan four new
novels, several volumes of autobiography, a book of critical essays, and a
collection of poems.
Over the years he has continued to serve his country in more than literary
ways. In 1962 he became director of the Center for Advanced Studies at
Middletown, Connecticut, and he remained in that post for five years.
He brought a distinguished group of critics and scholars to work there-
Lewis Mumford, Herbert Read, Martin C. D'Arcy, Moses Hadas,
Edmund Wilson, Mircea Eliade, Stephen Spender, and many others-but
in the end their aggregate power of intellect and style alienated the
Wesleyan faculty and the Center was reduced to a place primarily for the
resident faculty. Later, as a fellow of Saybrook College, Horgan taught at
Yale University. He served on the Council of the National Endowment
for the Humanities as one of President Lyndon B. Johnson's first appointees,
and has been on the board of the Aspen Institute and the Book-of-the-
Month Club. All this he does out of interest and pleasure, and out of a sense
of the writer's responsibility to society.
He sees his life as a very good one, "a blessed one," he says, in which
his interest in all the arts has continued, in which he has performed his role
as a man of letters, and during which he has served his country. He sees all
his life as integrated: his interest in music influencing his great concern
with the structure of the novel-form in fiction fascinates him and seems
above all his goal in a work; his delight in the theater expressing itself in
his feeling for impersonating or creating character; his interest in painting
finding expression in his feeling for landscape, scene, and color. In all his
work he believes he has been sustained by his faith-by the ritual practice
of his religion-and also by his certainty of man's perpetually renewed
creative potential. He is the artist who speaks of what he sees, but he is
also the public servant who faithfully represents man to himself. Horgan
has no fear of the tragic, nor of the brutal, and these are in his works, but
he sees his own life as affirmative because of this continual creative process
in man. He himself has always felt this wellspring and he has wanted to
show this aspect of man to man. Speaking of his writing, and of man's life
as well, Horgan has said, "Works crystallize-they are always in process.
There is never only one thought in the mind of man. His potential is
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