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ERIC Number: ED029015
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Pages: 8
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A Novelist Looks at Prose Writing.
Keneally, Tom
Opinion, The Journal of the South Australian English Teachers' Assn., v11 n2 p34-40 Aug 1967
The practicing writer encounters four determinants of his use of prose. First, the language itself determines the expression: English, with its wealth of words and styles and with few traditional restrictions, provides problems of choice and temptations to overwrite. Second, the application of verse forms to the novel and a demand for consistently arresting language patterns encourage writers to strive for extravagant effects. A third determinant is the attitude of the writer toward his characters and what he is expressing. This "tone of mind" may vary from the simplicity expressed in Hemingway's sentences to the complexity in Patrick White's varied syntax. Fourth, a writer's use of language is determined by the range of styles he has available for adaption: frequently style is influenced by the writer's concurrent reading, and the second draft of the novel must assimilate a multitude of styles. Ideally, the language should arise from the vitality of the novel. A style can be noticeable but it should remain a medium for expression, not an end in itself. Australian novelists face peculiar problems in their lack of a literary community, their colonial self-consciousness, and the difficulty of symbolically using the Australian landscape. (LH)
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