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Author QuotedRobert Graves and Alan Hodges
Title QuotedReader over Your Shoulder
Date (Year/Month/Day)1948/09/06
ImprintLondon : Jonathan Cape. 1943I
QuotationOne good thing. Evelyn Waugh sent me a fine book to help me to write better, The Reader over Your Shoulder by Robert Graves and Alan Hodges. They seem to think that the time for experimental prose writing is now spent and that we are heading for clear, logical prose that can be rapidly read. I have a definite hunger for clarity and order in my writing"”not necessary for conventions of grammar. Anyway it helps me see my faults and has ascetic implications as well.
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 229
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