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Monday, April 12, 2010

Epigraphs

Epigraphs are a phrase, quotation, or poem set at the beginning of a larger work. While it's generally understood that the epigraph is meant to be understood as a portion of the larger work, Andrew Tutt of The Millions asks in his essay "On Epigraphs" whether they are to be considered seperate from the text of the book, or whether they are part of the over-all experience? It is an extraordinarily interesting read on the shifting value authors and readers place on epigraphs.

You can read the essay here.

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