Quotation by A.E. Housman

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
A.E. (Alfred Edward) Housman (1859–1936), British poet, classical scholar. Quoted in Prokosch, "The Sneeze," Voices: A Memoir (1983).

Housman asked Prokosch, whose volume The Asiatics had been published to critical acclaim, "Is your air of simplicity just a part of your cunning, or is your cunning just an aspect of your inner simplicity?"
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