You are kind and simply Jaromír John that you responded so quickly and sincerely. In the meantime, a miracle has occurred – Václav Černý has, upon my request, invited Fraenkl to write for Kritický Měsíčník (The Critical Monthly).
I know Fraenkl from a single extensive conversation years ago. He’s certainly only human; but I wouldn’t guess what you make of him. You know such pathologically shy people who act conceited. Then there’s another matter that I’ve already rebuked him for: He must learn a different diction. He has been completely corrupted by Arne Novák. Ugh.
I’ve never seen Václav Černý in person, but know that he’s an extraordinarily talented man. I feel the weaknesses. I don’t believe in plagiarism. I can’t believe anyone would be capable of it. Perhaps this is one of many cases in which the control of consciousness is weaker than a vast memory. This is usually an extremely complex matter – it also entails imitation, and the tendency to imitate is developed differently with Václav Černý. Such a thing can yield to one’s maturation. No, I cannot believe that deliberate plagiarism occurred. F. X. Šalda also went through a similar phase in his youth. A few years ago, Arne brought this up – not Šalda’s plagiarism per se, but his slavish parabases, nearly excerpts. It was not and is not so simple.
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