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The Long and Short of It : From Aphorism to Novel.

Author: Gary Morson
Publisher: Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2012.
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Brevity may be the soul of wit, but it is also much more. In this exploration of the shortest literary works--wise sayings, proverbs, witticisms, sardonic observations about human nature, pithy evocations of mystery, terse statements regarding ultimate questions--Gary Saul Morson argues passionately for the importance of these short genres not only to scholars but also to general readers. We are fascinated by how  Read more...
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Morson, Gary.
Long and Short of It : From Aphorism to Novel.
Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Morson
ISBN: 9780804781893 0804781893
OCLC Number: 775301948
Description: 1 online resource (296 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: The Long and Short of It; 1. Genre and Brevity; 2. Apothegms; Apothegm and Dictum; Paradoxes of Apothegms; 3. Witticisms and Witlessisms; The Resourcefulness of Wit; Stupidity Shines; 4. Wisdom and Counter-Wisdom; Wise Sayings; Sardonic Maxims; 5. Two Kinds of Trial; The Summons; The Thought; 6. Prosaic Apothegms; Conclusion: The Great Conversation; Notes; Index.

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Brevity may be the soul of wit, but it is also much more. In this exploration of the shortest literary works--wise sayings, proverbs, witticisms, sardonic observations about human nature, pithy evocations of mystery, terse statements regarding ultimate questions--Gary Saul Morson argues passionately for the importance of these short genres not only to scholars but also to general readers. We are fascinated by how brief works evoke a powerful sense of life in a few words, which is why we browse quotation anthologies and love to repeat our favorites. Arguing that all short genres are short in thei.

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