I suppose that in the strictest categorist
's sense Oscar Wilde was a poet of the 'eighties, but so much did be become the informing Zeitgeist of the succeeding decade, that, with the justification that The Ballad of Reading Gaol was published in 1898, and with his sorry fate and early death at the age of forty-six in mind, may he not with justice be considered one of the Tragic Generation .
Vaclav Smil responds: My essay apparently hit the target, the target being the categorists
who know that the end (of oil, and hence of civilization as we know it) is near and will be dismal.
are infamous for stealing terms from philosophy, starting with the theft of category itself from Kant.
But when these categorists
reach thirty-five, they usually change it to forty, just as they did when they reached thirty when thirty was that fine line.