Questionnaires have advantages over some other types of literature in that they are cheap, do not require as much effort from the questioner as verbal or telephone surveys, and often have standardized answers that make it simple to compile data. However, such standardized answers may frustrate users. Questionnaires are also sharply limited by the fact that respondents must be able to read the questions and respond to them.
The argument of this novel is to establish that the front matter (pages 1-8) of the book does not include the primary text, a paragraph made of 17 sentences, which is printed on p.9 and subsequently reprinted on the pages referenced in the title, except page 123, where the paragraph is not seen.
The text is constructed by utilizing a nine sentence summary of James Joyce’s The Sisters and modifying the nine sentences into nine sentence fragments (see the “contents” page in the front matter). The pages (starting on p.8) that don’t have a fragment are intentionally left blank (except for the header).
The famous red and blue dust jacket for Salinger’s Nine Stories was designed by Miriam Woods. The striking, unillustrated jacket resulted from the Salinger’s refusal to allow the publisher to depict the characters of any of the stories, in order to prevent readers from approaching the stories with preconceptions about the characters. The heart of each story is set to the beat of its characters – to unfussy accounts of the way in which they move through the world and interact with one another, to the cautious articulation of their understated feelings and nascent beliefs. This most often takes the form of a child in haphazard conversation with a newly encountered adult. His adults are characteristically broken by habit and suffering “the ruthless cruelty of conventional social judgments and behavior”, and this is a condition rendered all the more stark when positioned alongside the unassuming wisdom of the very young.
The word ‘autobiography’ was first used deprecatingly by William Taylor in 1797 in the English periodical the Monthly Review, when he suggested the word as a hybrid but condemned it as ‘pedantic’; but its next recorded use was in its present sense by Robert Southey in 1809. The form of autobiography however goes back to antiquity. Biographers generally rely on a wide variety of documents and viewpoints; an autobiography, however, may be based entirely on the writer’s memory.
Autobiographical works are by nature subjective. The inability — or unwillingness — of the author to accurately recall memories has in certain cases resulted in misleading or incorrect information. Some sociologists and psychologists have noted that autobiography offers the author the ability to recreate history.
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Deixis: from the Greek word for “pointing” (as in “index”), refers to the process of pointing with words. Deixis studies the contextual referents for demonstratives (”this”,”that”), pronouns (“I”, “you”, “it” etc.), verb tenses, context-referential adverbs of time and place (“then”,”here”)and a variety of other grammatical features tied directly to the circumstances of utterance.
Publisher: Liver Pizza Press
Published: October 16, 2015
Binding: Perfect-bound, Paperback
Interior: Ink – Black & white
Weight: 2.19 lbs.
Dimensions (inches): 6 wide x 9 tall
stray1 commented on your document,
“Evangel United Methodist Church: A Novel.”
The most monumental waste of time I think I have ever experienced, and I only read it for two minutes. Or, to echo the vernacular of the ‘novel’, “Time it was the bird flew. No more the water shall import books from France. Our forefathers went under the skin as an epidural process, thereby limiting the financial strain. More sugar.” See, anyone can write gibberish!