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Writing a War Story

By Wharton, Edith

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Title: Writing a War Story  
Author: Wharton, Edith
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: MISS IVY SPANG of Cornwall?on?Hudson had published a little volume of verse before the war. It was called ?Vibrations,? and was preceded by a ?Foreword? in which the author stated that she had yielded to the urgent request of ?friends? in exposing her first?born to the public gaze. The public had not gazed very hard or very long, but the Cornwall?on?Hudson ?News?Dispatch? had a flattering notice by the wife of the rector of St. Dunstan?s (signed ?Asterisk?), in which, while the somewhat unconventional sentiment of the poems was gently deprecated, a graceful and lady?like tribute was paid to the ?brilliant daughter of one of our most prominent and influential citizens, who has voluntarily abandoned the primrose way of pleasure to scale the rugged heights of Parnassus.? Also, after sitting one evening next to him at a bohemian dinner in New York, Miss Spang was honored by an article by the editor of ?Zig?zag,? the new ?Weekly Journal of Defiance,? in which that gentleman hinted that there was more than she knew in Ivy Spang?s poems, and that their esoteric significance showed that she was a vers?librist in thought as well as in technique. He added that they would ?gain incommensurably in meaning? when she abandoned the superannuated habit of beginning each line with a capital letter.

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