Darko Suvin (1997, 11,600 words)
*/This essay was published in Darko Suvin: A Life in Letters. Ed. Ph.E. Wegner. Vashon IslandWA 98070: Paradoxa, 2011, ISBN 1-929512-34-8. It may be ordered at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Copyright (C) 2011 Darko Suvin
Sound, sound aloud / The welcome of the orient flood / Into the west/
With all his beauteous race, /. . . Who . . . are bright, / And full of life and light. . . .
Ben Jonson, The Masque of Blackness (1605)
The populous East, luxuriant, abounds with glittering gems, bright
pearls, aromatic spices, and health-restoring drugs. The late-found
western world glows with unnumbered veins of gold and silver ore. . . . It is the industrious merchant’s business to collect the various blessings of each soil and climate and, with the products of the whole, to enrich his native country.
George Lillo, The London Merchant (1731)