Excerpt from Up Stream: An American Chronicle The world is full of stories and many of the stories are true. But they are t true eugh. An artistic pattern comes between the teller of the tale and his reality, or a vague fear of stupid and malicious comment or - especially in America - a desire to avoid singularity. Yet, somehow, we must master life or it will end by destroying us. We can master it only by understanding it and we can understand it only by telling each other the quite naked and, if need be, the devastating truth. Some such perception and some such motive is in the consciousness of every serious velist and in that of every thinker. But the velist sacrifices to a form and the thinker to a system. Each has had an anterior vision into which he lets his facts and even his emotions melt And this anterior vision - of a fable in the one case, of a logical structure in the other - is thing but a mask. For both the velist and the philosopher is only an autobiographer in disguise. Each writes a confession; each is a lyricist at bottom. I, too, could easily have written a vel or a treatise. I have chosen to drop the mask. It is t a simple thing to do. One likes to be decorous. The folds of this mantle of civilization we wear in public, and often eugh, in private, are graceful and accustomed. They give a dignity to the figure that the mind may lack. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.