The Press: Hold Your Breath

The New Yorker, which pokes fun at other people's marathon sentences in its "Nonstop Sentence Derby," got a new entry from its own stable: New Yorker Book Critic Edmund Wilson. Reviewing The Times of Melville and Whitman, Wilson began a sentence: "The fluent presentation of all this—." By the time he came to rest on a period, Wilson had used 384 words, 61 lines of type, five sets of quotation marks and 26 commas.


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