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April 22, 2013

TT: Almanac

"I do think that if a book is really well written, it's terribly difficult to see how it's done. I think it's part of the mystery of writing that the real great hands always conceal how they do it. And an awful lot of bad writing is due to people trying to write like great writers and not really seeing that the outer covering has nothing to do with it at all."

Anthony Powell, interviewed by Michael Barber (Paris Review, Spring-Summer 1978)

Posted April 22, 2013 12:00 AM

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