Excerpt from The Patchwork Papers
My Dear Norman,
Here are my Patchwork Papers for you to unpick at your leisure. I have not presumed to call them essays, since it is nowadays unseemly for a novelist to attempt anything worthy of the name of letters - moreover, would any one read them? By the same token, I have not dared to call them short stories, and that, mainly because the so-called essential love interest is conspicuous by its absence. Really they are illustrated essays. What better name then than papers can be given them?
It may, for example, be pardonable in a paper to split an infinitive for the sake of euphony, as I have done in "From my Portfolio," - but to split an infinitive in an essay! It were better to rob a church, or speak out one's mind about the monarchy.
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