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JocelynPalmer92: Yes. I was the teenage nerd who asked for--and got--the Concise Oxford one fine winter. Even when I was half-delirious with sleep deprivation and whatever else a few years back, I was pausing in the middle of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's work to look up rare words & bits of Latin.

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lordbonkers: Liberal England: Further into Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and True Tilda

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lordbonkers: Liberal England... He was a good Cornish Liberal and a Radical: Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and True Tilda

lordbonkers: Liberal England... He was a good Cornish Liberal and a Radical: Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and True Tilda

lordbonkers: Gah! There was a fragment on YouTube of True Tilda, a 1997 BBC chidren's drama serial based on a book by that good Cornish Liberal Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, and it's vanished. I was all ready to blog about it. You can still find the opening titles here

Prof_Cooper: What books do you keep on the nightstand? Mine are old leatherbound, slipcased editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the first American hardcover of The Silmarillion, and Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s revised (1939) Oxford Book of English Verse.

chrislee_is: 223: On the Art of Reading by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch Found this slender book on a dusty shelf while researching a piece of writing about reading. Felt very serendipitous, so I picked it up. Amongst the dated, Oxbridge waffle are some nice insights about what, how & why we read

Art_VintageNH: In Powder & Crinoline ~ Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch Illustrator ~ Kay Nielsen

Joseph_Palmer: I've just discovered episodes of "Rumpole of the Bailey" on YouTube. I may be gone for some time. Longer, mayhaps, if I find my copy of "The Oxford Book Of English Verse" Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch version in the garage.

cjrw: Got to be honest though, when I was told lunch would be in the "Sir Arthur Quiller" Couch Room I was picturing something a little more laid back

pauljimerson: Birthday of anthologist and writer Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, b Cornwall,1863. He published fiction & criticism under the name “Q”, was= known for publication of Oxford Book of English Verse (1250–1900), a book that remained most popular anthology of its kind for nearly 70 years.

theravensperch: "Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it — wholeheartedly — and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings." -Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

JocelynPalmer92: I think every so often about Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's anecdote about that grand ball featuring the unknown beauty in black who asked the shy young naval cadet to dance. Q never said precisely when this took place. I have always considered this a grave omission.

EdincoT: This meme is a Nigerian joke. To paraphrase Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, the Tories "murder their darlings"..

bettercallsalh: wife guys when they look up "sir arthur quiller-couch quotes"

jmainpidd: Who Said Kill Your Darlings quote? William Faulkner “Murder your darlings,” is a popular piece of writing advice that is often attributed to William Faulkner, but which can actually be traced back to the English writer and surname collector Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.15 Apr 2013

happy_at_home_: Just go on reading, as well as you can, and be sure that when the children get the thrill of the story, for which you wait, they will be asking more questions, and pertinent ones, than you are able to answer. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch “Reading” Lee Lufkin Kuala

becker_rad: How to make your writing and reporting better : "Murder your darlings" - Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

happy_at_home_: Read incessantly, keep a daily journal, collect maxims, quips, and anecdotes, write a little bit each day, walk every afternoon, eat well, pursue beauty, and take delight in the process. -Arthur Quiller-Couch “Sir Edwin Ray Lankester” William Orpen 1928

tenebraerick: Wrote more of my story today. Channeling Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch for a modern day tender ghost story involving a mirror and a cat. Hoping to complete it for a submission at the end of this month.

nwhysel: Just heard a writer attribute “Kill Your Darlings” to Stephen King. Which could be how William Faulkner got to be known for an idea that was originally from Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch in 1916:

eridoesntknow: Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch There are only seven stories in the world: Man against Man. Man against Nature. Man against himself. Man against God. Man against Society. Man caught in the middle. Man and lover.

TerryMooreArt: To paraphrase Sir Arthur-Quiller Couch, "Thou canst touch a flower without disturbing a robot."

LAWHilton: I literally just came upon this, via random reading. English, or any other subject. Whitehall, or Dept of Ed or school board. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, On the Art of Reading, 1920.

Davemedsker1: 1st thought "Murder your darlings" from Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (oft repeated by William Faulkner and Stephen King)

pauljimerson: Birthday of anthologist and writer Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. He pub fiction & literary criticism under the pen name “Q” and was known at the time for publication of the Oxford Book of English Verse, a book that remained the most popular anthology of its kind for nearly 70 years.

RayBoomhower: "Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it— hole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press: Murder your darlings." Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, born on this day in 1863

DonneHayden: Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch in On the Art of Writing, 1916: “Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it — whole-heartedly — and delete it before sending your manuscript to press: Murder your darlings.”

RZuelch1: Apparently, there *is* a word that rhymes with "orange." It's Blorenge - the name of a prominent hill in southeast Wales. Saw the word today in a book I'm reading by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch ("Adventures in Criticism," 2nd edition, 1924).

RobertJStone2: Birds in books. ‘The Gaffer’s eyes wandered from a brambling hopping about the lichen-covered boulders and away to the sea-fowl wheeling above the ships...’ Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch – The Seventh Man.

JocelynPalmer92: This reminds me again of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's anecdote about the young woman of surpassing loveliness who asked a young naval cadet to dance at a grand ball.

AlanFunky: And the quote is attributed to a specific person, not an unknown: Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

KarenKts11: 8) Favourite Poems Of The Sea - Edited by Howard Watson This is a very good anthology of poems, most of which are very enjoyable. Some of the poems I was familiar with and others were new to me. New to me poems I enjoyed included The Harbour Of Fowey by Sir Arthur Quiller Couch

BryantD: “Kill your darlings.” — Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, possibly

up_kinch: The 1939 revised version of The Oxford Book of English Verse in its original slipcase, chosen and edited by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Undoubtedly the version Rumpole kept on his shelf. A desert island book.

HennekeD: Darlings--your favorite lines--are often unnecessary ornaments, making your writing overwrought and harder to read. In 1914, Q was the first to advise: "Murder your darlings." (Q is the British author Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, known as Q to his mates & students.)

EdinburghLoM: “We make our discoveries through our mistakes. We watch one another's success and, where there is freedom to experiment, there is hope to improve.” – Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Whitechnoleg: XII. On Style. Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur. 1916. On the Art of Writing sed nobis nostrum opus intueri sat est

RoyPeterClark: "Murder Your Darlings" was a bit writing advice offered a century ago by a British professor and author Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. Students called him "Q." My only worry is that my title might be taken as something written by Agatha Christie.

DargonLuce: "Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it — wholeheartedly — and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings." Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

Ranchiart: The Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales, retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, illustrated by Edmund Dulac, 1910. Signed by the Artist.

RoyPeterClark: Writer asked me: "Can you have too much good stuff in a sentence or paragraph?" Me: "I think it's easier to tone things down than to jazz things up." That led me back to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch: Write down your clever words but be ready to murder your darlings. Good book title!

kitazawa_books: 「In Powder & Crinoline Old Fairy Tales 」 Retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch Illustrated by Kay Nielsen

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FoxedQuarterly: ‘“Q” – for that was how he signed himself throughout his writing career – is now pretty much forgotten. It is time for a revival.’ || Read Derek Parker’s article on Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, a writer Daphne du Maurier ‘admired among all others’ . . .

RoyPeterClark: In spite of what Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch told his students a century ago, you don't have to "murder your darlings." In England you can send them to boarding school -- like Hogwarts. In the U.S., just sent them to their rooms until you need them for another story.

marick: - Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, /On the Art of Writing/ (1916)

Ranchiart: The Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales, retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, illustrated by Edmund Dulac, 1910. Signed by the Artist.

JocelynPalmer92: It's been a while since I've brought it up, but my favorite anecdote from Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch is the time he was at a gala ball only to witness the arrival of a young beauty dressed all in black, her only adornment a diamond crescent brooch in her hair.

YayathiPuru: "Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.’" -Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

JocelynPalmer92: I see your D&D collection and raise you Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's On The Art of Writing. To be precise, try being a writer who haunts libraries, extracting a 1943 copy from the archives upstairs. (Yes, this happened to me once.)

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denisdepalatis: « Murder your darlings » — Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch —

LizzieKemball: Can anyone help me find a reference for 'murder your darlings'??? (I know it was originally said by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch & wrongly attributed to Willian Faulkner, but I any legitimate reference to it will do.)

Brindille_: The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Other Fairy Tales, retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch & illustrated by Kay Nielsen in 1923

OldeLaneBooks: Adventures in Criticism by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch - 1924 Condition – Good, hardback with fine green cloth covers. Gilt titling to front cover and spine. Slight bumping to spine ends. Previous owner inscription to leading page.

RoyPeterClark: Thanks, Jake, and thanks to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch who coined it. Out in paperback edition any day. Let’s have a great writing year.

mi_mcca: “We make our discoveries through our mistakes: we watch one another’s success: and where there is freedom to experiment there is hope to improve. – Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

caehayes: ‘...If your language be Jargon, your intellect, if not your whole character, will almost certainly correspond,’... Wholesome Life Lessons for All in ‘On the Art of Writing’ by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

michaelmaycomix: weirdlandtv: Illustration by Kay Nielsen for “In Powder and Crinoline: Old Fairy Tales Retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch” (1913).

NahasNewman: Similar idea applied to writing: “Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.” ~Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

obituary_bot: Arthur Quiller-Couch, 81 (English author, poet, and critic) 1863—1944 Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch was a Cornish writer who published using the pseudonym Q RIP

WeirdlandTales: Illustration by Kay Nielsen for “In Powder and Crinoline: Old Fairy Tales Retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch” (1913).

Ranchiart: The Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales, retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, illustrated by Edmund Dulac, 1910. Signed by the Artist.

RayBoomhower: "Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it— hole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press: Murder your darlings." Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, born on this day in 1863

shadowcstudio: How about “Kill your darlings”? If you guessed anyone other than Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, you’re 0 for 2. And it’s not even “kill,” it’s “murder.”

ilove_hyo: Prompt re - something painful There's this writing advice from Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's writing advice: "mur… — I just read a whole article about it. And I agree. Honestly don't like people crying but if I can make them cry o…

susanweiner: “ 'Murder your darlings,' is a popular piece of writing advice that is often attributed to William Faulkner, but which can actually be traced back to the English writer and surname collector Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.”

Ranchiart: The Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales, retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, illustrated by Edmund Dulac, 1910. Signed by the Artist.

TourismJournal: Noted scholar Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch put forward four epithets for good writing: 1. accurate 2. perspicuous 3. persuasive 4. appropriate See*

JocelynPalmer92: I can hear the clunk of the attempt at foreshadowing and it ain't pretty. All you had to say was "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed I stood--" Did none of you ever research du Maurier's connection to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch? No? Humbug!

VincentvGoyard: A Kay Nielsen illustration from In Powder and Crinoline: Fairy Tales Retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch Published in 1913

RoyPeterClark: Emily, PolitiFact will tell you that, in spite the title of my new book, I do not encourage writers to "murder your darlings." That rap goes to Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. If your darling phrases are not helping you, then lock them in their room and save them for another day.

RoyPeterClark: Yes, Tom, I realized that my blurt: "If it doesn't fit, you must omit," is the Americanized version of "Murder Your Darlings," title of my latest book. I suspect Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch is haunting me as we approach Halloween.

AyPress_com: Adventures in Criticism  Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch -

RLSCHMALTZ: Who is "Q"? Well, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, of course. There is no other "Q" of consequence.

Brindille_: In Powder and Crinoline Old fairy tales, retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, illustrated by Kay Nielsen

JillRhudy: Twitter and Facebook are suppressing a letter of the alphabet? Spirit of James Thurber, are you out there? Am I the only American for whom the letter 0~ stands for Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch?

scriptwriters: Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it - and delete it before sending your manuscript to the press. - Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944)

Ranchiart: The Sleeping Beauty and other fairy tales, retold by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, illustrated by Edmund Dulac, 1910. Signed by the Artist.

Tim_Kimber: Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch on whether to use slang in literature ("On the art of writing", 1916)

livid_hedgehog: Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (in 1917): “Can you not give them also in their short years at school, something to sustain their souls in the long Valley of Humilia­tion?”

renan: "There is surprisingly little in her musings about travel or her grandkids; it’s mostly 2A (a highway in Alberta, it turns out) and Q (British writer Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, I believe), but I’m learning an awful lot."

kitsonthomas1: Trilingual poetry! (fr. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch's edition of The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1918 )

holland_tom: In Polperro, we pass the birthplace of Jonathan Couch: naturalist, authority on the pilchard, translator of Pliny’s Encyclopaedia, devout Methodist, & grandfather of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, the editor of the Oxford Book of English Verse

obituary_bot: Arthur Quiller-Couch, 81 (English author, poet, and critic) 1863—1944 Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch was a Cornish writer who published using the pseudonym Q RIP

Kerrypurcell: Ian Holm. So much more than Lord of the Rings. Pinter for a start. Also, for me, seeing him play F.R. Leavis, alongside Rufus Sewell and Alan Cummings, sent me off to the Poetry Library at the Royal Festival Hall to read the work of Leavis’s tutor, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch.

YayathiPuru: "Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings." - Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

ASHOKVDESAI: "If you here require a practical rule of me, ...‘Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it whole-heartedly—& delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.' " Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

prerna_dhall: Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch well-known professor of the English language, who had marked K.L.Mishra's paper, was so impressed that be wrote a personal letter to his professor in Allahabad University

JocelynPalmer92: It was thanks to Q, that is, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. After I met Q in my own way, I understood the effect he'd had on young Helene Hanff. Q peppered his Cambridge lectures with literary and classical allusions which were unfamiliar to Ms. Hanff--and to me.

OldeLaneBooks: The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250 – 1918 Chosen & Edited by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch 1939 - £4.50 + P&P Condition; Good, blue cloth covers with gilt titling to front cover and spine.

CornwallFE: The author Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch died on this day in 1944. Under the name 'Q', he wrote novels and other works. Some were inspired by events in Cornish history such as the Civil War, which features in the novel The Splendid Spur.

RoyPeterClark: If you are asking about the title "Murder Your Darlings," it is often attributed to authors who quoted it or paraphrased it. The writer is Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, a British author and prof guiding his students away from falling in love with their own purple prose. About 1913.

hilarityjane: Ok: The Spiritual Life & Prayer - Cecile Bruyere The Silmarillion - Tolkien Theology and Sanity - Sheed On the Art of Writing - Sir. Arthur Quiller-Couch In Search of England - H.V. Morton Kitchen Gardens - Mary Mason Campbell (Tasha Tudor illus.)

TomasJMurray: “I, who have a mind full of old murders, legal anecdotes and memorable fragments of the Oxford Book of English Verse (Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s edition) together with a dependable knowledge of bloodstains, blood groups, fingerprints and forgery by typewriter; I who am now the”



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