A Life in Letters

Portfolio Jacob Howland

Among the quotations my mother, the author Bette Howland, used to post on cards around her workspace is one from Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim:

The way is to the destructive element submit yourself, and with the exertion of your hands and feet in the water make the deep, deep sea keep you up.

Bette  [...]

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Issue 23



Fall 2015


Jacob Howland is McFarlin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tulsa. His books include Plato and the Talmud and the forthcoming Plato’s Republic and the Voyage of the Soul, both with Cambridge University Press. His essay “Chicago Love Letters: Bellow and Bette” appeared in the October 2015 issue of Commentary.


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