Re: Marx, Engel and Morris on George
- -- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, Harry Pollard <harrypollard0@...> wrote:
> (Recall that Progress & Poverty has beenHarry, the original P&P was awful to read as it was written in convoluted Victorian English, which most cannot understand these days.
> used as an example of good writing
> in University English classes.)
Winston Churchill wrote very simple English that was designed for most people to understand. A friend of mine has a degree in English Lit. His writing is full of words most people do not know the meaning of.
- It all depends on what you are writing and who will be the reader.Unfortunately, modern schooling isn't great at producing readers so material must be made simple for them. Which point doesn't throw out other writing which may be more complicated as it conveys more subtle directions..Harry********************The Alumni GroupThe Henry George Schoolof Los AngelesTujunga CA 90243(818) 352-4141********************On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 6:55 AM, John <burns-john@...> wrote:
--- In LandCafe@yahoogroups.com, Harry Pollard <harrypollard0@...> wrote:
> However, I suppose the short sentence is now
> the thing, which may or may not be an improvement.
Harry, tabloid newspapers use short sentences. People are familiar with that. So, you have to write to what they can easily understand. If they have to do double-takes they lose interest. It is that simple. Churchill realised that a long time ago. His books on WW2 and super easy to understand. The proof readers would highlight parts of the book(s) and he would override them. In the end they thanked him for teaching them how to write simple English.