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I love this: The Worst Novelist in History.
Mimi Speike
Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013 11:10 AM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1014




I see an interesting article this morning on slate.com: The Worst Novelist in History.

 

 

Anna McKittrick Ros wrote in the early twentieth century, with such witlessness that she became a sensation in Britain. An Oxford University literary society started up a contest: who could read from her work the longest without bursting into laughter.


She was known to Mark Twain, who dubbed her 'The Queen and Empress of the Hogwash Guild".  She has been said by some to have inadvertently invented post-modernism. One prominent critic of the time wrote that (in reference to her work) he "shrank before it in tears and terror".

 

 

This stuff sounds just grand. I figure I can learn something that I can use in my own over-the-top style.

 

 

She did not write with comic intent, she was deadly serious, that is the whole of her charm. She actually proposed to her publisher that she be entered for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

 


Colleen Lindsay
Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013 12:36 PM
Joined: 2/27/2011
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Bumping so others can see it.
Atthys Gage
Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 1:36 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


This is great stuff.  A quick perusal of wikipedia reveals this remarkable sample:  

"Have you ever visited that portion of Erin's plot that offers its sympathetic soil for the minute survey and scrutinous examination of those in political power, whose decision has wisely been the means before now of converting the stern and prejudiced, and reaching the hand of slight aid to share its strength in augmenting its agricultural richness?"

And that was the opening line.  Someone really ought to do a historical novel ABOUT this person.  


Timothy Maguire
Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 2:06 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


What I love about that sentence is that after two read-throughs, I still have no idea what it's about.
Atthys Gage
Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:24 PM
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Posts: 467


I like the turn of phrase 'hand of slight'.  I would totally use that, but only with cheek in my tongue.


Jay Greenstein
Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 10:20 PM
Her writing might be pretty bad, but for the all time champ, nothing compares to The Eye of Argon:
http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/susan/sf/eyeargon/eyeargon.htm


Mimi Speike
Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 11:29 AM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1014



Thank you, Jay. Eye of Argon is marvelous also.

I am going to park this in my Odd Bits folder, for future reference. It is priceless.



Atthys Gage
Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 1:01 PM
Joined: 6/7/2011
Posts: 467


Wow!  Eye of Argon is a nightmare.  Reads like the ramblings of a lunatic transcribed by an illiterate.  I love it!


Timothy Maguire
Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 1:40 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


I dunno, there's always My Immortal:

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6200297/1/My-Immortal

See how far you can get before you start laughing.
Alexandria Brim
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:41 AM
Joined: 10/20/2011
Posts: 353


Well, to be fair, "My Immortal" is supposed to be bad. It's the ultimate troll fic.
Timothy Maguire
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:19 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


Wait, My Immortal is fake? Can you fake something that loony?
J.M. Berenswick
Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:12 PM
And I thought I was bad about run-on sentences.
Mimi Speike
Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 3:23 PM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1014


I do enjoy McKittrick Ros' unintentional loopyness. I have written a tribute to her, with the help of Percy Bysshe Shelley:

.

To Amanda

 .

Hail to thee, blithe spirit!

Bird-brain thou ever wert -

mocked for thy o’er-wrought oeuvre,

yet poured from thy full heart

in profuse strains, 

 thy inane, unpremeditated art. 


--edited by Mimi Speike on 4/2/2014, 3:25 PM--


Atthys Gage
Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 4:25 PM
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Nice, Mimi.
Mimi Speike
Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 4:29 PM
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Posts: 1014


Thanks, Atthys. Heartfelt, I assure you.
Atthys Gage
Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 4:58 PM
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I noticed you posted a new version of Sly, but I haven't had a chance to look at it.  How does it feel to you?
Mimi Speike
Posted: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 6:10 PM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1014


Atthys, there is no new version yet. What is labeled a new version was only all my re-dos of my About the Book for the recent contest. I will have a new version ready in about another three months. I am close to sending it off to an editor.

.

To repeat, there is nothing new yet. Don't waste your time looking at it. But I have made many changes. For the better? Who knows. It's still over the top, even more so, but possibly easier to take, broken up and moved around and more active voice.


Michael R Hagan
Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014 3:24 PM
Joined: 10/14/2012
Posts: 229


Hey guys

I've been away for a while, writing myself in knots.

How'd you ever get on with the combi, one chapter each thingy... Where do I find it?

Mimi, I miss you... Say hi.

Mike
Mimi Speike
Posted: Friday, April 4, 2014 4:54 PM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1014


Hi Mike,

 

I've been laying low for a while, working hard on Sly. I'm trying too get back to more active. Sly is almost ready to ship off to an editor. The same editor who probably worked on your book. I've hired her, privately. I had many private conversations with her and found we were in agreement on many issues.

--edited by Mimi Speike on 4/4/2014, 5:01 PM--


Michael Roberts
Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 10:45 AM
Joined: 8/14/2014
Posts: 5


Which is why it was called Post-Modern...I never understood most of the PoMo crap I was asked/told to read in my Lit Crit classes.
Michael Roberts
Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 10:47 AM
Joined: 8/14/2014
Posts: 5


Sounds like most of Games of Thrones, frankly.
 

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