<<...the presumption that the shelves that held Harold
Robbins were inherently better than the shelves that held
Hammett or Fritz Leiber...>>
If the shelves of said establishment contained works by Fritz
Leiber, I would be lenient. It would be a joint classier than
most (H.W. Fowler, get away from me!).
Free association (Fowler did keep his distance, but he looks
worried): Willeford was a syntactic genius, like Borges. I
know of no other noir or crime writer who worked so
brilliantly at the level of the sentence. And here comes E.B.
White to my rescue (coveralls, hands dirty):
"The question of ear is vital."
Regards, and please excuse a rambling post.
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