Monday, June 20, 2011

Daily Dose

From Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913 - 1965, edited by Tim Page


"The dowdy and soppy aspects of Dickens have been drummed into us for so long that the sheer wit and brilliance of many passages have been neglected. (...) The reason for the durability of these bubbles is that they are actually not superficial or mere smart fizz but are genuine champagne from the very best grapes and the very best-manured soil."

From a letter to editor, Monroe Stearns, dated July 21, 1959

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