The Writer Volume 3

The Writer Volume 3

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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: ...the sameness of the great magazines. If only the work of unknown writers, unexceptionable in tone and style, and of a high standard of literary excellence, were to be published, such a periodical should be acceptable, and undoubtedly would be kindly and substantially received by the public. Stephen O. Sherman. DIFFICULTIES OF MODERN WRITERS. The first writer had a great advantage over those of the present time, in that he could never be accused of plagiarism. A lucky man was he who could say, "This is my own thought," when it was impossible for any one to quote something similar from an author of the previous century. With what an air of independence he could look the world in the face after he had written a book! No danger then of meeting a friend who should say: "That was a pretty thought of yours about this matter. I was wondering where you got it until I happened to come across it in Smith's 'Panbiblia'"; or another, who, wishing to give everyone his due, remarks: "That fitted admirably there, but don't you think that in justice to Jones you ought to have put it in quotation marks?" At that tender age of the world no critic could say: "His power of appropriating other people's ideas is something wonderful. Had we not read Mr. A.'s book, we should consider Mr. B. a genius." Now, when a poor author has succeeded, after months of severe labor, in evolving and expressing an original thought, in his reading of the next hour he finds the same thing expressed better than he was able to express it after all his toil, and he can only groan in anguish of spirit, "Truly there is no new thing under the sun," and may perhaps add besides, "I would, also, that there were no remembrance of former...show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236547330
  • 9781236547330