Work in Progress: Notes on Writing, 1921–2

  • Clare Hanson


It’s a very queer thing how craft comes into writing. I mean down to details. Par exemple. In ‘Miss Brill’ I choose not only the length of every sentence, but even the sound of every sentence. I choose the rise and fall of every paragraph to fit her, and to fit her on that day at that very moment. After I’d written it I read it aloud — numbers of times — just as one would play over a musical composition — trying to get it nearer and nearer to the expression of Miss Brill — until it fitted her.


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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clare Hanson
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  1. 1.College of St. Paul and St. MaryCheltenhamUK

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