The Editor Volume . 48

The Editor Volume . 48

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...agree with me that the editor who opens the pages of his magazines to this offense against decency insults his readers by so doing. Those few writers whose work is looked upon as literature do not so besmirch their compositions. Turn to The Editor of September 16th, 1917, and reread on page 400 the words of John Strange Winter: ..". and always keeping before me that I must never write anything even bordering on profanity. A sentence of Artemus Ward's puts that so well, 'I never stain my writings with profanity; in the first place it is indecent, and in the second it is not funny.'" Apropos of profanity in general, consider Mark Twain's serious cogitations about the propriety of making Huckleberry Finn say "she makes me brush my hair like hell"; and the relief he seems to feel when at the advice of W. D. Howells he deleted the questionable word and said "she makes me brush my hair like thunder." I am no long-faced spoil-sport. I like gaiety. I like cleverness and dash and vivacity. But, writer folk and editors, pray let the wash-ladies of our fiction, as well as the ladies who do.not wash, be as; sparkling and gay as their creators can make them; but spare us from that form of composition, whether literature or trash, in which pert irreverence masquerades in the guise of humor. Contemporary Writers and Their Work A Series of Autobiographical Letters 144. William H. Kofoed "Mirage" a novel that Robert J. Shores has just published, was originally a short story--a very short story, of not more than a thousand words at the outside. One day some seven or eight years ago, while still in high school, the thought came to me that men, once deceived, become so distrustful of the cause of their deception as to fail to...show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236519647
  • 9781236519641