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Parker’s Rules of Literature
- Always doubt what an author tells you about his work.
- It’s fiction, not life.
- Only evaluations within a genre are useful.
- Not everything is symbolic or even important.
- Unfathomable complexity does not automatically signal great writing.
- Simple texts are often complex.
- Uncle Joe and Aunt Mabel were not the models for the characters in the novel you are reading.
- Literature should be read in the context of when it was written and not judged by current standards.
- Non-Fiction is a meaningless term.
- Knowledge of secondary resources is no substitute for knowledge of the primary resource.
- All rules are made to be broken but consider the consequences.