Tuesday, January 09, 2007

de la gueule au gueuloir

Essay: How to Speak a book ( Richard Powers, NYT 7 January 2007). You think he might go on about his computer technology right through this piece but rewarded by sticking with it to learn just a few snippets about the dictation habits of a quite a few well know writers, including:

In the final hours of his life, Proust re-dictated the death of Bergotte, supposedly claiming that he now knew what he was talking about.

From h2g2

In 1866, Dostoevsky was under financial pressure to complete his next book, The Gambler. He dictated the novel to a talented stenographer called Anna Grigorievna Snitkina. After the book was published, they were married.


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