[Vwoolf] No plot, no comedy quote
jeremy.hawthorn at ntnu.no
Sun Jul 2 15:37:04 EDT 2017
This is from "Modern Fiction". Text from the internet, so may not be
Look within and life, it seems, is very far from being “like this”.
Examine for a moment an ordinary mind on an ordinary day. The mind
receives a myriad impressions — trivial, fantastic, evanescent, or
engraved with the sharpness of steel. From all sides they come, an
incessant shower of innumerable atoms; and as they fall, as they shape
themselves into the life of Monday or Tuesday, the accent falls
differently from of old; the moment of importance came not here but
there; so that, if a writer were a free man and not a slave, if he could
write what he chose, not what he must, if he could base his work upon
his own feeling and not upon convention, there would be no plot, no
comedy, no tragedy, no love interest or catastrophe in the accepted
style, and perhaps not a single button sewn on as the Bond Street
tailors would have it.
On 02.07.2017 21.22, Michael Schrimper wrote:
> Dear Woolfians,
> I am trying to track down a Woolf quote that F.R. Leavis includes in
> his 1941 essay, "After To the Lighthouse." It's a well-known quote but
> still I can't find where it appeared originally. Below is the
> pertinent part of the sentence in which Leavis has embedded Woolf; her
> words are in quotes. Where do these words appear, originally? My
> sincere thanks.
> Mrs. Woolf's decision to have "no plot, no comedy, no tragedy, no
> love-interest or catastrophe in the accepted style" was perhaps to
> this extent justified...
> Michael Schrimper
> Emerson College, Boston
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