Writing at high speed

Cardinal Newman once said, according to Lord Acton’s report that “nothing is fit to be printed that has not been written twice over.”

Nothing? Not even the Waverley novels?

The more rapid method is not al ways and altogether fatal to distinguished writing. As there are orators who capture their most telling phrases when face to face with an audience, so here are writers to whom the happy thought and the exact word come most readily when the printer is clamoring for copyslips.

At any rate, the demand for high speed in composition saves man from the over-elaboration, the finicky search for the unconventional, which makes some ingeniously fashioned pages almost unreadable.

And, if it comes to that, were not “Hamlet” and “King Lear” potboilers?


About this story

Source publication: The Tomahawk (White Earth, Becker County, Minn.)

Source publication date: 9 December 1915

Filed under: 1910s, Discoveries & inventions, Newspapers, Vintage advertisements

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