Charles Johnson Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Charles Johnson Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Charles Johnson believes in the power of language. He examines his work line by line, word by word, to eliminate plot superfluities and to ensure verbal precision. (His drafts of Oxherding Tale totaled more than twenty-five hundred pages.) Token characterization is, he believes, “fundamentally immoral”; writers must expend the same energy with their fictional characters as they would in understanding and loving those in the physical world. To Johnson, the committed writer is one who cares enough about the work of writing that it “is something he would do if a gun was held to his head and somebody was going to pull the trigger as soon as the last word of the last sentence of the last paragraph of the last page was...

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