Interested in Language
I am reading a story The Shining Pyramid by Arthur Machen and I have come acrros a phrase "the vain pursuit of literature."
"And you are still engaged in the old task?" said Vaughan, pointing to
the pile of papers and the teeming pigeon-holes.
"Yes, the vain pursuit of literature, as idle as alchemy, and as
entrancing. But you have come to town for some time I suppose; what
shall we do to-night?"
"Well, I rather wanted you to try a few days with me down in the west.
It would do you a lot of good. I'm sure."
Do I understand correctly the guy talking about "the vain pursuit of literature" wants to say he would like to be an author but does not have what it takes to be a one? Simply that his writing is on an amateur scale?
Thanks if you try to help.
Yes, that's the most likely meaning.