The Trade of Authorship

The Trade of Authorship

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...it is quite possible for some one else to do much of this work for you. Shorthand writing is undoubtedly a useful acquirement for a literary man; but few writers have time to master it; and most of the systems are constructed with the view to a kind of writing that an author seldom has to do. There are systems suitable to an author's purpose if he has time to practice them. But preparatory to this, if his time is limited, there is a fashion of abbreviated long-hand, which is a convenience to begin with in making memoranda to be rewritten. All the vowels may be left out, and many of the " A's" and " The's," and most of the prepositions; thus: Brths thr th mn wth si so ded? Tht nvr 2 hmslf hth sd "Ths s m own m ntv lnd!" Library.--Of course you must have a library of your own, if no more than a dictionary and the Bible. But the titles of some good books, which you ought to get as soon as you can, will be found under the head of The Author's Library in the third part of this book. 'STYLE" VS. METHOD. Buffun said: "Style is the man." This saying has been generally interpreted to the effect that "style" is the expression of the individual. In this definition the essayists seem to give a nominal acquiescence; yet in treating the subject at length they persist in applying the term "style" to that conformity to the recognized rules of composition and rhetoric which is not an individual matter in the least, but common to some extent among all good writers, and possible to ordinary ones "Style," according to Buffun's definition, is part of a man's nature, born with him; he may develop it, but he can no more choose it than he can his grandfather. It must be admitted that correct...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236564898
  • 9781236564894