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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Writing Quote: Humor in Literature

Writing funny pieces is a legitimate form of activity, but the durable humor in literature, I suspect, is not the contrived humor of a comedian commenting on the news but the sly and amost imperceptible ingredient that sometimes gets into writing. I think of Jane Austen, a deeply humorous woman. I think of Thoreau, a man of some humor along with his bile.

E.B. White in Writers at Work, Eighth Series, edited by George Plimpton, 1988  

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