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  •  I wrote a paper on T. Shandy in 1969, which (6+ / 0-)
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    included the following confession:

    Indeed, Tristram has taken me over, and is running riot inside my head, to the point that I am tempted to emulate his monologue.

    "Tempted, Sir?"

    "Nay Madam, say rather compelled; for the peculiar methods of the author's discourse have so o'erthrown my native inclinations, that I can neither think nor write in that manner to which I am generally accustomed."

    The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang, that jurymen may dine.

    by magnetics on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 12:33:37 PM PST

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    •  I would say it's very bold to write in Sterne's (2+ / 0-)
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      voice, but it sounds like you had no choice in the matter. If you're gonna get yourself possessed, Sterne at least is lively, happy company.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:38:58 PM PST

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