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Plum Pudding of Divers Ingredients Discreetly Blended & Seasoned
     

Plum Pudding of Divers Ingredients Discreetly Blended & Seasoned

by Christopher Morley
 
On Christmas Eve, while the Perfect Reader sits in his armchair immersed in a book--so absorbed that he has let the fire go out--I propose to slip gently down the chimney and leave this tribute in his stocking. It is not a personal tribute. I speak, on behalf of the whole fraternity of writers, this word of gratitude--and envy. No one who has ever done any writing, or

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On Christmas Eve, while the Perfect Reader sits in his armchair immersed in a book--so absorbed that he has let the fire go out--I propose to slip gently down the chimney and leave this tribute in his stocking. It is not a personal tribute. I speak, on behalf of the whole fraternity of writers, this word of gratitude--and envy. No one who has ever done any writing, or has any ambition toward doing so, can ever be a Perfect Reader. Such a one is not disinterested. He reads, inevitably, in a professional spirit. He does not surrender himself with complete willingness of enjoyment. He reads "to see how the other fellow does it"; to note the turn of a phrase, the cadence of a paragraph; carrying on a constant subconscious comparison with his own work. He broods constantly as to whether he himself, in some happy conjuncture of quick mind and environing silence and the sudden perfect impulse, might have written something like that.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016336152
Publisher:
Library of Alexandria
Publication date:
02/06/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
479 KB

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