Writing Life: An Artful Sentence

Occasionally I come across a sentence so artfully constructed I can’t just pass it by.

The aristocratic Mrs. Edith Wharton was born Jones in a fashionable quarter of New York, arriving appropriately during the quarrel between masters about servants, known as the Civil War.”

Have you ever read quite such a pithy description of what the Civil War was all about?

The quote is from a New Yorker profile written in 1929 by Janet Flanner entitled “Dearest Edith”. Here’s the link to the rest of the article — not all sentences as good as this one, but good enough and with more gems to be found.

If you want to write well, you have to read good writing — a lot of it. A word to the wise.


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