Why Write?

Robinson, Paul
March 1979
New Republic;3/31/79, Vol. 180 Issue 13, p21
Discusses the reasons for authorship. Discrepancy between the amount of labor put into a piece of writing and the knowledge, edification and entertainment that readers extract from it; Motives for writing; Who is the audience; To make money; To get tenure; To gain a reputation; To tell the truth; Writing for an audience; Family and friends; Reviewers; Students of the subject; Authors write for themselves; To say thank you, to render gratitude to a member of humanity that has given readers pleasure, elevated them and made them think better of themselves.


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