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The imp of the original

“Originality (unless in minds of very unusual force) is by no means a matter, as some suppose, of impulse or intuition. In general, to be found, it must be elaborately sought, and although a positive merit of the highest class, demands in its attainment less of invention than negation.” — Edgar Allan Poe, “The Philosophy of Composition”

2 thoughts on “The imp of the original”

  1. Averil Dean says:

    The goblin of elimination.

    1. …and Hemingway and his “iceberg theory.”

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