ON THE ART OF WRITING

ON THE ART OF WRITING

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By recasting these lectures I might with pains have turned them into a smooth treatise. But I prefer to leave them (bating a very few corrections and additions) as they were delivered. If, as the reader will all too easily detect, they abound no less in repetitions than in arguments dropped and left at loose ends—the whole bewraying a man called unexpectedly to a post where in the act of adapting himself, of learning that he might teach, he had often to adjourn his main purpose and skirmish with difficulties—they will be the truer to life; and so may experimentally enforce their preaching, that the Art of Writing is a living business.Bearing this in mind, the reader will perhaps excuse certain small vivacities, sallies that meet fools with their folly, masking the main attack. That, we will see, is serious enough; and others will carry it on, though my effort come to naught.

CONTENTS:

1. Inaugural,

2. The Practice of Writing,

3. On the Difference Between Verse and Prose,

4. On the Capital Difficulty of Verse,

5. Interlude: on Jargon,

6. On the Capital Difficulty of Prose,

7. Some Principles Reaffirmed,

8. On the Lineage of English Literature (I),

9. On the Lineage of English Literature (II),

10. English Literature in our Universities (I),

11. English Literature in our Universities (II),

12. On Style,

13. Index. 

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