[Ads-l] Say what, now? (the author 'behind' their works)

James Eric Lawson jel at NVENTURE.COM
Thu Jul 29 00:31:08 EDT 2021

This use of 'behind' might as well have begun as a cliched conceit
adopted too readily and swiftly thereafter divested of meaning:

"The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or _behind_ or
beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence,
indifferent, paring his fingernails."

-- Stephen Dedalus, in Chapter 5 of
_A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man_ (written 1914-5, emphasis added)

On 7/28/21 6:40 PM, Chris Waigl wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 8:52 PM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Heretofore, I've always thought of the use of _behind_ in the meaning of
>> "after, as a consequence of, resulting from, subsequent to, et sim. [to the
>> publication of a children's book]" as a peculiarity of Black English, cf.
>> *behind* *prep* *2.b* in HDAS and *behind* *prep* in GDoS.

James Eric Lawson

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