A good style simply doesn’t form unless you absorb half a dozen top-flight authors every year. Or rather it forms but instead of being a subconscious amalgam of all that you have admired, it is simply a reflection of the last writer you have read, a watered-down journalese.Fitzgerald's letter includes some recommended books, and blogger Tyler Malone follows up with a letter from David Markson to his own daughter offering a list of some favorite books. Great stuff.
26 April 2011
"A Good Style Simply Doesn't Form"
Via the marvelous blog Reading Markson Reading, some words of wisdom from F. Scott Fitzgerald to his daughter: