Accent Anthology: Selections from Accent, a Quarterly of New Literature, 1940-1945

Accent Anthology: Selections from Accent, a Quarterly of New Literature, 1940-1945

Accent Anthology: Selections from Accent, a Quarterly of New Literature, 1940-1945

Accent Anthology: Selections from Accent, a Quarterly of New Literature, 1940-1945

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Pleased as we are to have this opportunity to give a fuller and more lasting circulation to writing that was threatened with eclipse by the exhaustion of our supply of back issues of ACCENT, we regret the impracticability of making the anthology larger than it is. And we must, in fairness to contributors whose work is partly or wholly omitted, comment on our procedure in cutting down the first five volumes of the quarterly to approximately 40 per cent of their original bulk.

Aside from customary editorial considerations-the abiding interest, the length, and the variety of contributions-certain arbitrary principles of selection have been set up and followed as faithfully as possible. For instance, our decision to limit each contributor of prose to a single story or essay has been enforced with but one exception, despite the difficulty of determining which of three articles by Kenneth Burke to use, which of three stories by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, which of two sketches by Katherine Anne Porter, and so on. The rationing of poetry, though not based on the single-selection rule, has often necessitated our reprinting but a fraction of a poet's available work.

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