Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Slaying the Deerslayer

An 1895 rant -- yes, people did that even before blogs were a realized -- by Mark Twain in response to James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer. 
A work of art? It has no invention; it has no order, system, sequence, or result; it has no lifelikeness, no thrill, no stir, no seeming of reality; its characters are confusedly drawn, and by their acts and words they prove that they are not the sort of people the author claims that they are; its humor is pathetic; its pathos is funny; its conversations are — oh! indescribable; its love-scenes odious; its English a crime against the language.
Read more at http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/01/10/fenimore-coopers-literary-offences-mark-twain/


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