Sunday, July 16, 2023

To entertain and delight

A quotation from Robert Burton offered by Patrick Kurp responding to a reader unhappy with one of Kurp's recommendations:
I resolve, if you like not my writing, go read something else. I do not much esteem thy censure.
And another, from a "British literary critic":
I often read [Robert Louis] Stevenson. One reason why I turn to him is that he writes to give me pleasure. How few modern authors do! They write to do us good, to expose us, to scold us, to teach us, to express their contempt for us, to exhibit their own indomitable minds; few write to entertain and delight us.
Patrick Kurp, "He Writes to Give Me Pleasure," Anecdotal Evidence, July 16, 2023.

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