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The Art of Writing - Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Art of Writing by Robert Louis Stevenson

CONTENTS

I.   ON SOME TECHNICAL ELEMENTS OF STYLE IN LITERATURE
II.  THE MORALITY OF THE PROFESSION OF LETTERS
III. BOOKS WHICH HAVE INFLUENCED ME
IV.  A NOTE ON REALISM
V.   MY FIRST BOOK: 'TREASURE ISLAND'
VI.  THE GENESIS OF 'THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE'
VII. PREFACE TO 'THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE'

CHAPTER I - ON SOME TECHNICAL ELEMENTS OF STYLE IN LITERATURE 
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THERE is nothing more disenchanting to man than to be shown 
the springs and mechanism of any art.  All our arts and 
occupations lie wholly on the surface; it is on the surface 
that we perceive their beauty, fitness, and significance; and 
to pry below is to be appalled by their emptiness and shocked 
by the coarseness of the strings and pulleys.  In a similar 
way, psychology itself, when pushed to any nicety, discovers 
an abhorrent baldness, but rather from the fault of our 
analysis than from any poverty native to the mind.  And 
perhaps in aesthetics the reason is the same:  those 
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