from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A writer of prose; a prosaist.


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  • In Peter & Max: A Fables Novel, writer Bill Willingham tells a key piece of the story in prose form, and proves that he's every bit as wonderful a prose-writer as he is a comics-writer.

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  • I agree that prose alone is not be-all and end-all of a story, but I certainly disagree that Asimov was a good prose-writer.

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  • Gautier, and De Vigny, have been able to win the double glory of poet and prose-writer, like Racine and Voltaire, Moliere, and

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  • Digby, the anonymous blogger who may be the finest prose-writer among political bloggers and whose co-blogger, "Tristero," is the distinguished composer Richard Einhorn, had a recent post about the letter the Washington Post's ombudsman received from a Washington lawyer.

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  • For he is the eldest of the gods, which is an honour to him; and a proof of his claim to this honour is, that of his parents there is no memorial; neither poet nor prose-writer has ever affirmed that he had any.

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  • I admire him most exceedingly; and, whether as an epic, dramatic, or lyric poet, or prose-writer, I think I justly apply to him the Nil molitur inepte.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • To write is essentially to try to "regain" or "hold back" time, and for this purpose the poet has at his disposal means that the prose-writer lacks: meter and caesuras, syntactic pauses, stressed and unstressed syllables.

    Joseph Brodsky: A Virgilian Hero, Doomed Never to Return Home

  • Therefore De Quincey was at odds with the aims of the prose-writer and his morality.

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  • For if we are agreed in allowing some freedom of language to the kind of writer usually called a poet, on what grounds do we refuse it to the prose-writer, to whom we assign only one task: to tell apologetic tales, ignoring meanwhile all other aspects of the nature of this language, which he also has to use as a simple means of communication?

    Claude Simon - Nobel Lecture

  • It is by the selection of such objects as have in themselves no common bond of union, but which combine to raise a certain emotion, that the essential distinction is to be found between the descriptions of the poet and the prose-writer.

    The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844 Volume 23, Number 1


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