The Symbolism Survey

on December 7, 2011

In 1963 a high school student mailed out a survey to 150 popular authors of the time (no easy feat getting the addresses and making copies). The central question was if the authors consciously created symbols in their literary works; apparently he was trying to settle a bet with his English teacher. The article claims 65 responses still exist, although it only displays eight in full and some snippets from others. The answers vary substantially and give insight into the writers’ personalities, many of which are, humorously, exactly as you would expect.

[via reddit]


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  1. Mad props to Ray Bradbury, one of my favorite authors. Referenced Guy Fawkes day and had one of the most advanced typewriters of the time.

    Comment by me — December 8, 2011 @ 6:09 am

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