Amanda McKittrick Ros

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Douglas
Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 12:13 PM 
I stumbled across this today while looking for information on "Inklings" (The writers' group including Tolkien, Lewis and others)...

Amanda McKittrick Ros is widely considered to be the author who wrote "the worst prose ever". Tolkein and friends would have competitions to see who could read aloud her writing the longest without busting out laughing.

Here's an example of her writing:

She tried hard to keep herself a stranger to her poor old father's slight income by the use of the finest production of steel, whose blunt edge eyed the reely covering with marked greed, and offered its sharp dart to faultless fabrics of flaxen fineness.

Translation?

She tried to earn money by doing needlework

As a commentary on this sort of writing (and Mrs. Ros in particular) Aldous Huxley made the following statement: "It is remarkable how late in the history of every literature simplicity is invented."

Josiah T.
Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 12:30 PM 
wow... :S Good translation. I read it before I tried to read the original quote. :-P

Milton
Posted at: Mar 20, 2008 at 6:33 AM 
i think there should be a writing prompt like this. "take something simple and write about it so no one knows what you're talking about"

THen you have to post a comment after, explaining what you were writing about.

Josiah T.
Posted at: Mar 20, 2008 at 4:07 PM 
hmm... Maybe I'll try my hand at that... :D

Kenzie Fell Down
Posted at: Apr 8, 2008 at 6:06 PM 
That certainly would make for a fascinating prompt.
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