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Re: Jonah’s Book

Plainly Jonah, like me, cleaves to the “iceberg” theory of authorship: i.e.

that the author should only tell a tenth of what he knows.

A surprising number of books are written on the converse principle, the

author telling ten times more than he actually knows…

“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to

write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”—Johnson.


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