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Re: Chocolate - 'very' Middle Class?


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Posted by Mike Field on August 06, 2020 at 18:41:43 user mikefield.

In Reply to: Re: Chocolate - 'very' Middle Class? posted by Peter Hyland on August 06, 2020 at 03:19:48:

I assume that by "very middle class", Magnus had in mind people about in the middle of the class system -- neither 'working class' at one end nor the propertied (or titled) 'upper class' at the other. I take no exception to the expression myself.

This class question aside entirely though, I do take exception to Bender's view as quoted that "an author has to write about what he knows". Very many authors of fiction (perhaps most of them?) write about things that they don't know but have only researched -- or indeed, even just imagined.

I cite, as one example only, John Buchan's having been congratulated in writing so believably about events that occurred in the fictional South American country of Olifa, and about the country itself, its geography, and its politics, when he had never visited any part of South America at all. (The book was The Courts of the Morning, which was published just the year before Swallows and Amazons.)


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