Language [was Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Small World]

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 09 Jul 2000

But one can easily cite writers who tell their stories in this sort of style but who aren't hb writers -- Raymond Carver, for example, whose selected short stories I just recently finished.

I think the hb approach emerges at the confluence of a variety of forces. The characteristic hb style you speak about is very important, no doubt about it, but I don't think it's the *only* factor.

--- pabergin <> wrote:
> The distinguishing trait of the style of writing I
> consider HB (or American
> Naturalism, if we want to get terribly Ivy about it)
> is a straight-ahead
> sort of storytelling which may be EMBELLISHED by
> such poeticism, but which
> is never SOFTENED by the sort of overqualification
> (and narrative hesitancy)
> that automatically comes with the overuse of
> adjectives and adverbs or
> irrelevant flights of God-am-I-a-great-writer fancy,
> something for which I
> assume you would not indict either Ray C. or Ross M.

===== Doug Bassett

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