Re: RARA-AVIS: Hemingway and Chandler

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 21 Jul 2000

In his Notes on English and American Style (from his working notebooks, reprinted in Raymond Chandler Speaking), Chandler wrote:

It [American style] has too great a fondness for the faux naif, by which I mean the use of a style such as might be spoken by a limited sort of mind. In the hands of a genius like Hemingway this may be effective . .
. When not used by a genius it is as flat as a Rotarian speech.

Sounds like a ringing endorsement to me.


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