Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Watchful Clothier$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Matthew Kadane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169614

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169614.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use (for details see http://www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 12 December 2017

. “My Character & Conduct”

. “My Character & Conduct”

Chapter:
(p.15) 2. “My Character & Conduct”
Source:
The Watchful Clothier
Author(s):

Matthew Kadane

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300169614.003.0002

This chapter, which focuses on the character and conduct of Joseph Ryder, states that one practical outcome of Ryder's obscurity is that, despite his prolixity, much of his biography is unwritable. Outside of his diary, his equally obscure trade notebook, his will, and a posthumous ad in the newspaper for his real estate, he appears in the archives only on the day he was born, the day he was married, and the day he was buried. Almost all of the allusions in the diary to the personal affairs of Ryder's unnoticed life are referenced nowhere else, and this may be one of the longest diaries ever written that so frequently says something about, for all practical purposes, nothing. The chapter also reveals that Ryder wrote a massive amount of words which were, at least in part, intended to be about him.

Keywords:   Joseph Ryder, obscurity, prolixity, biography, allusions, trade notebook

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.