Wednesday, September 5, 2012

77 ~on writers


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When you start searching for pure elements in literature, you will find that literature has been created by the following classes of persons:

1.     INVENTORS. Men who found a new process, or whose extant work gives us the first known example of a process.

2.   THE MASTERS. Men who combined a number of  such processes, and who used them as well as or better than the inventors.

3.   THE DILUTERS. Men who came after the first two kinds of writer, and couldn’t do the job quite as well.

4.  GOOD WRITERS WITHOUT SALIENT QUALITIES. Men who are fortunate enough to be born when the literature of a given country is in good working order, or when some particular branch of writing is ‘healthy.’ For example, men who wrote sonnets in Dante’s time, men who wrote short lyrics in Shakespeare’s time or for several decades thereafter, or who wrote French novels and stories after Flaubert had shown them how.

5.    WRITERS OF BELLES-LETTRES. That is, men who didn’t really invent anything, but who specialized in some particular part of writing, who couldn’t be considered as ‘great men’ or as authors who were trying to give a complete presentation of life, or of their epoch.


ABC of Reading, by Ezra Pound.

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