Cyril Connolly Quote

I shall christen this style the Mandarin, since it is beloved by literary pundits, by those who would make the written word as unlike as possible to the spoken one. It is the style of all those writers whose tendency is to make their language convey more than they mean or more than they feel, it is the style of most artists and all humbugs.


Ch. 2: The Mandarin Dialect (p. 13) - Enemies of Promise (1938) - Part 1: Predicament

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I shall christen this style the Mandarin, since it is beloved by literary pundits, by those who would make the written word as unlike as possible to...

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I shall christen this style the Mandarin, since it is beloved by literary pundits, by those who would make the written word as unlike as possible to...

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I shall christen this style the Mandarin, since it is beloved by literary pundits, by those who would make the written word as unlike as possible to...

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I shall christen this style the Mandarin, since it is beloved by literary pundits, by those who would make the written word as unlike as possible to...