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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

On When Authors are Edited

Portrait of Mary ShelleyImage via Wikipedia
From NPR

It's nice to know where a semicolon is supposed to go, but it's nothing to swell your chest over. The artistry is in being able to write sentences that require one.

True. In the realm of artistry, where Creativity comes from, there is no such thing as rules of grammar and punctuation. Words and Images just ARE. 

As to literature, it is obvious and patently clear that the writing skills of a particular author be they a man or woman, or some other gender in-between, eloquently does not matter.

In the story above we see scholars trying to shed light on a no-no subject; could women from modest backgrounds and not too involved in the world of Academia have written such lovely and unforgettable masterpieces such as (Frankestein, or) Pride and Prejudice? Was there a man breathing down the necks of and dictating to, (or worse!) weren't the novels dictated to the paragons of English literature? And worse twice over, weren't the magnificent authors merely copying texts?

We all know that when we read a novel, a thousand possibilities leap out the pages and we read a great deal into them: be it repressed homosexuality or a thousand other paranoic possibilities. The background of such novels, clearly, was one of repressed sexuality and smothered creativity plus things we cannot possibly find terms for. Life was black and white and thinking out of the box was anathema. If ever those authors found ingenious ways of putting their message across albeit in code... It is all to their credit.

The Western Cannon will never find room for such dissidence. Now, if there REALLY is something that may be lurking behind our beloved novels and that may not have seen the light of day yet as far as originality of such works is concerned, we see that in our post-post-modern society where splitting atoms is a daily occurrence, surely we should get to the very bottom of the matter when/where appropriate.  However, clearly, it woud require cojones. Big ones.

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  1. Mauro:
    I don't know if I mentioned this; but I once was the art director for a magazine. We had many writers and none can hold a candle to you...I must tip my hat and commend you on something so well done that leads me to believe you could easily make a living as a English, for goodness sake!

  2. Thanks, Raulito... Lovely words...I should really start thinking about writing for a living.

  3. I like the paragraph about the semicolon. Very clever.

  4. That paragraph is fron NPR, Duta.