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How Does Today's Writing Differ from 19/20th Century Writing?
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Thank you for your information. My question pertains to ordinals. Where they represented then as they are now? A very interesting question. Unfortunately I cannot say as I no longer hold a collection of early 19th century letters to my great regret. The earliest I hold are from and the numerical ordinals used are as you describe. I have many old letters, still, though I don't know for what I retain them. Would you be interested in copies? They are quite interesting Thank you "Tea Drinker" for your kind offer but I will, for the time being, be working on other projects.

Your letters and ephemera would be interesting if they had a specific identifiable "theme" that could be used in an article, such as everyday life in the 19th century, emigration, local history, family history and the like where the content could be drawn together in a particular and cohesive theme. Best wishes from New Zealand. Personal family archives and artefacts Various Internet Resources. Posted by Don at Art of Letter Writing. Lawrence Bottorff 1 March at Don 1 March at People were able to keep up with the chapters spread out throughout the months' editions of the newspaper, the same way we today keep up with weekly tv shows.

Because this was a growing market, the "pay by word" system became a thing in England: The start of the 20th century saw a reaction against the pedantry and over intellectualism of the Victorians. WWI furthered this cause. No longer was there room in literature for the escapism that the Victorian texts provided. The world underwent such a horror that had to be faced and dealt with, not hidden behind stories. Post-WWI literature therefore became more succinct Hemingway being the epitome of this.

Of course, this is all very generalized - and there was still escapism being produced Fantasy and early sci-fi and still some wordy authors. I don't think your assessments of contemporary literature are wholly accurate.

There is a great mishmash of work out there today - maybe not reaching the level of Dickens' works when it comes to wordiness, but certainly not as condensed as you make it seem. There are two overly-general strands of books out there: Postmodernism and its residues exist in the second category. Some of the more mainstream literature of today fall into the first. I wrote a poem on a leaf and it blew away Interesting observations, Charles Darnay. I think the one thing that stands out from me is this: Modern writing has a lot of abbreviations slang and swearing.

Language has change and so the content is less and less impressive. Last edited by cacian; at Originally Posted by astrum. Originally Posted by cacian. Last edited by islandclimber; at Originally Posted by islandclimber.

The content is less impressive because language has changed? Because there are abbreviations, slang, and swearing? How much of the modern literary canon have you read? It seems little from this statement. Regardless of what you have read, a writer of the earlier period in question, Joyce: Because Finnegan's Wake is likely incomprehensible to the average reader?

Laurence Sterne and Rabelais wrote bawdy masterpieces of essentially vulgar toilet humour in this more impressive past If not, how can you qualify such a statement about content being less impressive? Hi islandclimber I have picked few books at the airport through sheer boredom and I can promise you the content was much less apparent then the language. The writing was crammed with swear words abbreviations and literally littered with attitude and violence.

I mean I am talking broadly speaking. The English language today is slang and half spelled. Just look at the average cheap newspapers and mobile texting. The language ihas become half lettered and half numbered. The computer does not help either. It's part of romanticizing the past, but the truth is, if you read 19th century essays, you will find complaints that the English language is dying and people are becoming lazy in writing and speech.

Are you serious here?

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My mid 19th century Coromandel Wood "Writing Slope" We shall also need our writing slope which normally holds all our writing requisites in various compartments. The general design of writing slopes had changed very little since the late 18th century, the Novelist Jane Austen having a very similar one which still survives, being preserved at the .

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Oct 01,  · It's part of romanticizing the past, but the truth is, if you read 19th century essays, you will find complaints that the English language is dying and people are becoming lazy in writing and speech. I wrote a poem on a leaf and it blew away.

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Writing 19th century upperclass English dialog up vote 13 down vote favorite I was recently rereading bits of Pride and Prejudice and the dialog is absolutely brilliant. Guidelines for writing 19th century letters. Letters are written on small, folded pieces of plain white, blue, or blue-lined paper. Paper sizes can be foolscap or smaller.

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Late-nineteenth-century writers moved toward a new style called “realism” practiced by authors such as Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Maupassant, and Ibsen. Realists sought a truthful portrayal of contemporary life, a “slice of life,” from an objective viewpoint. 19th Century newspapers and handwritten records (such as the census) can be hard to read. If you are having difficulty deciphering the handwriting or type, read through the issue of a newspaper or page in the census to see if other words on the page can give you clues to the editor’s or census taker’s writing style.