Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: James Ellroy for the Pulitzer?

Date: 22 Jan 2004

> <<It's been my experience that tortuous writing is a plus
> for the Nobel prize.>>
> I don't think the prize is biased that way. Among US
> winners, only Faulkner could be said to have a complicated
> prose, which I love of course.
> Sometimes they do reward formal contributions, rather than
> content. This is particularly true of poets and
> playwrights. But on this list we don't have to worry about
> those. The forms are pretty stable and what counts is the
> treatment and the content within those established forms.

Hemingway won for "The Old Man and the Sea" in 1954. Nothing tortuous about that prose!

All the Best,


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