Phrases with "writing"

Richard Burton But, unless he be capable of writing and reading a letter correctly, it would be unadvisable to stick such an article in the waist-belt, as this gives out publicly that he is a scribe. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Florence Dixie Not far from the fire, and busily engaged at a writing table strewn with papers of all sorts, sat a lady. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Gertrude Stein It was at this time that Jean Cocteau who prides himself on being eternally thirty was writing a little biography of Picasso, and he sent him a telegram asking him to tell him the date of his birth. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Gissing He says that he is writing to you by the same mail. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

He found Buckingham seated at a table in his bedchamber, writing orders with his own hand. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Charles Dickens Yes, I am writing to a man; but let me not think of that, for madness is in the thought. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

There was nobody in the office except the clerks, writing in two industrious rows. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Wilkie Collins Don’t let us talk of it! Oh, don’t let us talk of it!” And here am I writing of it! What I had determined not to do, is what I have done. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins By the bye, there’s another important question starts up now, which your mother seems to have forgotten in the hurry and agitation of writing her letter. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Edith Wharton It extends from Bloomsbury to Chelsea. He’s writing a big book about some thing or other — I can’t remember what. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

He was apparently writing in it, however, just before he hanged himself. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Virginia Woolf The cheapness of writing paper is, of course, the reason why women have succeeded as writers before they have succeeded in the other professions. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

The business — a little letter- writing — was soon despatched after the yard-gates had closed on the carriage: Miss Keeldar betook herself to the garden It was a peaceful autumn day. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope In talking or writing of slaves, we always now think of the negro slave. North America by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft I wondered if Asenath had been writing disturbing letters, but the butler said there was no mail which could have come from her. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch A leathern elbow-chair faced the fireplace, where a few coals burned sulkily, and beside it, on the corner of a writing table, were set an unlit candle and a pile of manuscripts. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Anthony Trollope Lucceius is writing chronicles of the time, and Cicero boldly demands to be praised. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Rudyard Kipling You see my Chief had promised me in writing that if I could scrape up a surplus he would not bag it for his roads this time, but I might have it for my cotton game. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Wilkie Collins His finger trembled so, when he tried to guide himself by it along each successive line of the cramped writing which he was now attempting to decipher, that he had to take a second dram to steady it. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Wilkie Collins I have been writing and copying till my eyes are heavy, and I want to follow Eunice’s example and sleep as soundly as she does. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn And, in the sequel, Jeffrey admitted in writing that he had been too severe. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Jonathan Swif I never was in a worse station for writing letters than this, especially for writing to MD, since I left off my journals. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

E. F. Benson Nor is she aware that I am writing to you. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

All had signed the register, writing their names in big struggling letters with the exception of the bridegroom, who not being able to write, had put his cross. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

D. H. Lawrence She corrected the writing as she went. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Honestly speaking, was the book worth much? The writing had at first amused him; in the end it had grown a task. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

E. F. Benson Lucia used her highest art in making a copy (on Mallard paper) of this document, as if writing hastily in a familiar medium. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Anthony Trollope If she’ll take you at all, she’ll take you that way; half the matches going are made up by writing letters. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

He left off writing for the stage in 1774, and endeavoured to practise as a barrister, but without success. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Olaf Stapledon Strange, how even in the careful forming of a single word (that word ‘strange’ for instance) we can express so much yet fall so short of our intention! “I am writing in my little study. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Those things I remember, but what I was reading the day before my writing life began I have forgotten. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

H. G. Wells Izzums sends her love to you, Mummie is writing to you herewith. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Meredith He says he’s engaged there in writing a prefatory essay to a new publication of Harry Denham’s poems—whoever that may be. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Wilkie Collins He slowly produced a slip of paper, with some lines of writing on it. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Radclyffe Hall So Stephen tackled the business by writing a number of long and wearisome letters, unwilling to set foot again in the house where Mary Llewellyn would not be welcome. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Tobias Smolle He found her in the attitude of writing a letter to her inconstant lover, the contents of which the reader will be acquainted with in due time. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Ford Madox Ford I suppose that’s another thing you won’t forgive me for?’ ‘No. I shan’t forgive you for not writing to me,’ Christopher said. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

George Gissing At length she was on the point of writing a letter, with whatever result, when chance spared her the trouble. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

John Galsworthy The village required a daily bulletin, her mother had been writing or ‘phoning almost daily to a dozen people. Over the River by John Galsworthy

He sent him for a table and writing materials, and dictated letters to the burgomasters in all the principal towns in Holland, and one to a Prussian authority, his friend. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Gissing Mrs. Tyrrell wishes to come to me, and I am writing by this post to say that I shall be very glad of her presence. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle Malingering is a subject upon which I have sometimes thought of writing a monograph. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Women, whose characters are still undeveloped, and whose writing therefore remains unformed, almost invariably do adopt, for a time, the handwriting of their lovers. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

James Joyce The prouts who will invent a writing there ultimately is the poeta, still more learned, who discovered the raiding there originally. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Daniel Defoe THOUGH I am writing the history of the Devil, I have not undertaken to do the like of all the kinds of people, male or female, who set up for devils in the world. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Rudyard Kipling All the young ladies — not more than twenty — in the tourist band remarked that it was ‘elegant,’ and betook themselves to writing their names in the bottoms of shallow pools. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

He was eighty-three years old at the time of writing it. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Jonathan Swif Morning. It is now seven, and I have got a fire, but am writing abed in my bed-chamber. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

H. G. Wells He had been writing slackly, and with intervals of abstraction, since the shots. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Thomas Paine P. S. At the time of writing this number of the Crisis, the loss of Charleston, though believed by some, was more confidently disbelieved by others. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Benjamin Disraeli My health is wretched; writing and speaking are decidedly bad for me, and I pass my life in writing and speaking. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

E. F. Benson Charlotte, writing to Emily, agrees that this ’looks as if he was getting on at any rate. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

George Gissing He visited the theatres frequently, and at one time suddenly conceived the idea of turning his thoughts to literature and writing a play. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Mark Twain We left the mules, sharpened our finger-nails, and began the ascent I have been writing about so long, at twenty minutes to six in the morning. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Leon Trotsky Scarcely had I mastered the art of writing when it seduced me. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Wilkie Collins Are you happy? I am sure you ought to be; for how can your wife help loving you? “It is very hard for me to explain why I have ventured on writing now, and yet I can’t think that I am doing wrong. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

G. K. Chesterton But if it comes to that it is (as I clearly perceive) absurd to be writing a book about Mr. Bernard Shaw at all. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells So he laughed instead and read it again, and went to and fro in his little room with his eyes bright and that precious writing held in his hand. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Anthony Trollope I do not think that the writing of a novel is the most difficult task which a man may be called upon to do; but it is a task that may be supposed to demand a spirit fairly at ease. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Leaving the University he came to London and maintained himself by conducting and writing for periodicals. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the office the great man himself, who was just convalescing from an attack of ardent spirits, was busily engaged, with a wet towel round his head, writing a leader upon the event. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Willa Cather She could not have written that group of New Zealand stories when she first came to London. There had to be a long period of writing for writing’s sake. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

George Gissing Moreover, though he had thought of writing to her, it would in reality have cost him nothing if she had forthwith passed out of his sight and knowledge. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Sir Richard Burton The professor brought him up in his father’s palace, teaching him reading, writing and ciphering, theology, and belles lettres. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

George Gissing In writing to Morton, Harvey had just mentioned the matter, and that was all. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Among all the papers with which the drawers were filled, there was not one scrap of writing that could in anyway enlighten him. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Indeed to assert this for a law, that bodies are unequal while the superficies are not unequal, is the part of a man who takes to himself a wonderful liberty of writing whatever comes into his head. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Three days later, Eustace, writing alone in the library at night, saw it sitting on an open book at the other end of the room. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Rudyard Kipling On the bed lay a brilliant blanket; by the bed head was an electric light and a shelf of books: a writing table stood in the window, and I dropped into a low wicker chair. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Arnold Bennett This idea of writing a letter is just like me! Coward! Coward! What’s my tongue for? Can’t I talk? Isn’t he bound to listen? All I have to do is to open my mouth. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

It is like wearing gloves in summer fields, or bathing in a gown, or falling in love with the heroine of a novel, or writing under a pseudonym, or becoming a masked Tuareg. . The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

I was not accustomed to writing in that position: it had not been taught in the only school that I ever attended. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope I feel conscious, Mrs. Roden, of being incapable of writing a proper love-letter. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Meredith A letter of Nesta’s writing was in his pocket: he knew her address. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Sophia Amelia Peabody was born September 21, 1811, so that at the time of which we are now writing she was twenty-five years of age. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

George Eliot Meanwhile he occupied himself in miscellaneous periodical writing and in a multifarious study of moral and physical science. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Anthony Trollope In writing this Thackeray was a little late with his copy for Punch; not, we should say, altogether an uncommon accident to him. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Wilkie Collins I am writing now (as a matter of course) from information given to me, at an after-period, by the persons themselves. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

On the 18th November we find him writing to a friend, that he had determined on Monday or Tuesday, the 27th or 28th November, to set his face toward the Scottish capital and try his fortune there. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Anthony Trollope But she never mentions John. In writing back I have always sent his love, and have endeavoured to show that I would not recognise any quarrel. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson She had a black streak on her handkerchief, too, to cry on, and felt most awfly sorry about writing to Mamma on paper that hadn’t a “morning border,” but what with one thing and another . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

The writing was recognisable: she scarcely needed the further evidence of the name signed at the close of each theme to tell her whose they were. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Sinclair Lewis David’s mother was writing letters, a crisp, fashionable figure at a maple desk complete with yellow quill pen, engraved notepaper, and silver-backed blotter. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing The few chapters completed had a sorry look; they did not read well, not at all like writing destined to be read in print. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

It’s as true as that I am writing this. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

Virginia Woolf Indeed, since freedom and fullness of expression are of the essence of the art, such a lack of tradition, such a scarcity and inadequacy of tools, must have told enormously upon the writing of women. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Mrs. Rymer sat there writing a letter. A Life of Trouble by Ellen Wood [1870]

D.H. Lawrence She began to consider all the causes which might arise to prevent his writing immediately to her. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins I raised my head, and met his eye steadily for the first time — then, thrust the writing materials away from me, and left my place at the table. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Thomas Hobbes The legislator known, and the laws either by writing or by the light of nature sufficiently published, there wanteth yet another very material circumstance to make them obligatory. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Maria Edgeworth It appeared to him excellent writing and excellent sense. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

But thats not what I am writing you about. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Anatole France He collected himself and asked: “And how are your poets, Madame?” It was difficult for him to forgive Madame Martin her preference for people who lived by writing and were not of his circle. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Charles Dickens That’s my gal, and she’s a fine gal o’ sixteen (pointing out the girl who is writing by the boat). The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Virginia Woolf But also I must give her the impression that though he — for this is not myself — is writing in such an off-hand, such a slap-dash way, there is some subtle suggestion of intimacy and respect. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

The young man occasionally shut himself in a little upstairs study on a wet day, smoked excessively, and was supposed to be writing laboriously, his intellect being fed and sustained by tobacco. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Andrew Lang Yet Malory does not finally condone the sin which baffles Lancelot’s quest of the Holy Grail. Tennyson at first was in doubt as to writing on the Grail, for certain respects of reverence. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

George Gissing Horace’s letter Nancy sent by post to her husband, requesting him to let her know his thoughts about it in writing before they again met. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Edith Wharton Daylight disbanded the phantom crew, and made it clear to her that she would hear from Selden before noon; but the day passed without his writing or coming. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Anthony Trollope I take mine by writing to you and telling you that I am better and more rational and wiser than you took me to be. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He called once more for the hated writing materials. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Gissing I left him writing letters — he’s always writing letters. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Wilkie Collins The writing materials scattered near him offered her a pretext for changing the subject, and she seized on it directly. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George MacDonald Taking the topmost one out, I perceived that it was in my father’s writing and of some length. Lilith by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope The man had insulted him by writing to his wife, and the sympathies of the world, he thought, would be with him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He drew their attention to the thickness of the paper — note-paper of the strongest and best quality — on which the writing was traced. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Sidney Colvin The writing was not well legible; and it was difficult to arrange the stanzas on so many scraps. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Samuel Johnson Nor was the public much more favourable than his patron; for only seventy-two were sold, though the performance was much commended by some whose judgment in that kind of writing is generally allowed. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Daddy’s writing a thing for one of the reviews on the elective principle for India this week. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Richard Burton These were for writing and drawing: opportunities of making a “fair copy” into the diary-book,30 are never wanting to the acute traveller. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Edith Wharton He had escaped from it by writing it out and selling it to an editor. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Robert Louis Stevenson This is commonly understood in the case of books or set orations; even in making your will, or writing an explicit letter, some difficulty is admitted by the world. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling Our chief medical officer is writing a monograph about it. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Do you know the writing, sir?” “No,” said Eustace; “it’s not the writing of anyone I know. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Henry James They think I even exceed my powers in writing you these simple lines, and that once your participation has been constatee (which was the only advantage of that dreadful scene) EVERYTHING should stop. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

What is he doing here?’ ‘He’s writing an epic poem in Gaelic, so he says. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Wilkie Collins The only way of writing in peace and quietness would be to wait until they were all at luncheon, and then return to the library. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

At that moment all the others fell to writing and figuring with unusual avidity, as if thinking of anything under the sun except Dennison’s wife’s head. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

George Gissing In the bag he had brought with him there were writing materials. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope The first letter was to the lawyer: “My dear Mr. Grey,—You will be surprised at my writing to summon you once again to my bedside. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Wilkie Collins They lived far away, and never came to see us; and the idea of writing to them, at my age and in my position, was out of the question. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Wilkie Collins Amelius looked over her shoulder, and laughed; she was writing his name. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

There she sat down and fulfilled a neglected duty,—the writing of a long letter to Grace Johnstone. She did not find the task an easy one. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

H. G. Wells Her quick irregular writing seemed to bring back with it the changing light in her eyes, the intonations of her voice, something of her gesture. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Wilkie Collins Descending to the table in due course of time, his quick eye detected a photograph placed on the open writing desk which Amelius had been using earlier in the day. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Charles Kingsley There will be a dozen Cockneys writing battle songs, I’ll warrant, who never saw a man shot in their lives, not even a hare. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Leon Trotsky Every week he spent three days in Bucharest, writing articles, directing the sessions of the Central Committee, and speaking at meetings and street demonstrations. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Andrew Lang The guilt, if any, lay, not in writing the drama — by 1601 ‘olde and outworne’— but in acting it, on the eve of an intended revolution. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

She looked sometimes into her very soul to see what, but the writing there was in strange characters that faded under her eyes, leaving her uncomprehending but tranced. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

There was no name to it, and the writing was disguised. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

It was a letter without address or writing of any description upon the envelope. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Anthony Trollope Men and women of the classes to which I allude talk of reading and writing as of arts belonging to them as a matter of course, quite as much as are the arts of eating and drinking. North America by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I think it was extraordinary good fortune for me, that I had this drilling in writing things down at this time. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

William Makepeace Thackeray Raillery in writing annoys and offends them. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Anthony Trollope And I’ll tell you what, Alaric, I’d sooner earn £50 by writing for the press, than get £1,000 in any other way you can think of. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf Not until the eighteenth century in England did that curiosity express itself in writing the lives of private people. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

George Eliot When people were grown up, he considered, nobody inquired about their writing and spelling; when he was a man, he should be master of everything, and do just as he liked. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Anthony Trollope It was in writing this Hoggarty Diamond that Thackeray first invented the name of Michael Angelo Titmarsh. Samuel Titmarsh was the writer, whereas Michael Angelo was an intending illustrator. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Sidney Colvin In the middle of April news of them arrives, and he thereupon sends off to them a long journal-letter which he has been writing up at intervals during the last two months. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson The writing of that book I will not deny; but to prove it treasonable I think it shall be hard. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope In writing novels we novelists preach to you from our pulpits, and are keenly anxious that our sermons shall not be inefficacious. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Half-past ten! just half-an-hour writing these last few lines and thinking! Time I put up. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

George Gissing Possibly she would not have done so, but for the fact of her first piece of writing having appeared today. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Robert Louis Stevenson I advanced him to that effect a dollar or two to be a cover, and he gave me an acknowledgment in writing of the sum. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Gertrude Stein This his first apartment was just off the place du Tertre. We spent the evening there and he and Gertrude Stein went over all the writing he had done up to that time. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Anthony Trollope She had never seen the writing before. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Permit me, in writing to you on a private matter, to use my own signature”—which accordingly followed. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

William Makepeace Thackeray Or it might be stated that — “The tenth legion charged the French infantry at Blenheim; and Caesar, writing home to his mamma, said, ‘Madame, tout est perdu fors l’honneur. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Anthony Trollope But that, I suppose, is all over, and I will not say a word more about the Aylmers. I am writing now chiefly at Mary’s advice, and because she says that something should be settled about the estate. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing Two days went by, and again a letter from Widdowson was delivered, ‘DEAR MISS MADDEN— My chief purpose in writing again so soon is to apologize sincerely for my behaviour on Tuesday evening. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins I told Michael to wait a moment, and opened my writing desk. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Edith Wharton The writing was hers; the envelop bore the Passy postmark; and it was unopened. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Leslie Stephen He began by writing to his friends, begging them to return his letters. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

To begin with, writing in 1940, Burnham takes a German victory more or less for granted. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

MY DEAR SIR, PYOTR IVANITCH! I am writing to you, in your room, at your bureau; and before taking up my pen, I have been waiting for more than two and a half hours for you. A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

Andrew Lang It may be that Ovid now and then comes near to writing vers de societe, only he never troubles himself for a moment about the “decorum of the boudoir. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope And he could be rid of them without even saying or writing another word. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Henry James She used to bid him sit down and hold his tongue for a quarter of an hour, till she had finished her chapter; she was writing a novel, and it was promised to a publisher. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

R. D. Blackmore Whose writing was that upon the broad marge of verbosity? Why had it never been observed before? Above all, what was meant by “v. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope But all this must be learned and acquired — not while he is writing that which shall please, but long before. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Since writing this much, a correspondent sends the following in regard to his history. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing He had great difficulty in writing anything that seemed tolerable. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Thomas Wolfe So now he knew that if he was ever to succeed in writing the books he felt were in him, he must turn about and lift his face up to some nobler height. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins You may imagine how my spirits are improved when I can occupy my pen in writing such nonsense as this!” “St. Crux, October 23d, 1847. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Ever so many people had been talking and writing about this food business, and finally some of them got together and really started it. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Edith Wharton Something I preferred not to commit to writing — ” “Yes?” she questioned indifferently. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

Arthur Conan Doyle Having once broken his oath by writing to his wife, we could not trust him any more. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She recognised Fardale’s writing and tore the envelope quickly open: “My dear Mildred, “You have worn out my patience. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

In addition to writing in conjunction with his brother Julius (q. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Jules Verne It was a paper signed by the shipowners and Captain Grant. Mary recognized her father’s writing at once. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts — I am writing to you for my little sister Gracie because something awfull hapened to her, and I am afraid to tell mother about it. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

They talked a lot about young ladies, and of being in love with this one and that one, and they used to try their hands at writing poetry. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Jane Austen It was to this effect: “Since writing the above, dearest Lizzy, something has occurred of a most unexpected and serious nature; but I am afraid of alarming you — be assured that we are all well. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Arthur Morrison It was long since the managers had realised the futility of attempting compulsion in the Jago. Dicky was no fool, and he had picked up some sort of reading and writing as he went along. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

He is next found in London writing for the stage, frequently in collaboration with others. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Noel Vanstone’s delicate health and recent bereavement prevent him from writing himself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Guy de Maupassant But as the girl was twelve years old, and going to be confirmed, he seized that opportunity for writing to his sister, and asking her to come and be present at the ceremony. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

I am writing this note to bid you good-bye for the present, as I think it is better we should henceforth travel by different routes. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Anthony Trollope Let her tell him that she is not prepared to correspond with him as yet, any further that is, you understand, than the writing of that letter. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson She did so apparently without much sense of gratitude for it, writing to Ellen: I am not going to Dewsbury Moor as far as I can see at present. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Sigmund Freud I remembered that long before, while I was working at Charcot’s clinic, I had seen and heard how in cases of hysterical mutism writing operated vicariously in the place of speech. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

The Bishop then locked up his books and papers, and commanded him to abstain from reading and writing for ten days. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Andrew Lang Pietiers, writing on the Elzevirs in 1843, could cite only five ‘Pastissiers,’ and in his ‘Annales’ he had found out but five more. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassan So I gave up the idea of writing books, and resigned myself to selling them, and I bought a bookseller’s business at Marseilles, the owner of which had just died. One Evening by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells I am writing a report about it — to myself. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

If we may trust the memory of the third earl, writing when in middle life, Locke’s care was extended to his brothers and sisters as well as to himself. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Wilkie Collins He saw her, as if he had just asked her a question, writing on her slate. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Gertrude Stein He also made a translation into german of some of the portraits she was writing at that time and thus brought her her first international reputation. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Gissing He could not conceal from himself that he had a double object in writing it, however. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell They used to buy a great deal of writing paper, and I used to wonder whatever they did with so much. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope How should he? Are you not betrothed to him? He’ll forgive you fast enough, when you just say that you did not know what you were about when you were writing it. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Much of the propagandist writing of our time amounts to plain forgery. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

Anthony Trollope Then there was a little prayer that God might bless him, and an assurance that she was in all things his own, own Lucy. When she was writing her letter she was in all respects a happy girl. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim He first thought of writing a very long letter. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

I felt a great anxiety, and was closely watching the door behind which Mr. Armstrong had vanished when it suddenly opened, and I perceived that he had been writing a telegram. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Dickens I was not related to the outlaw, or connected with him by any recognizable tie; he had put his hand to no writing or settlement in my favor before his apprehension, and to do so now would be idle. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn Moore, writing to Miss Godfrey on February 23rd from Dublin, made no mention of this project. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

For example, just before writing this I have been listening to a couple of BBC comedians doing their usual turn before the 9 o’clock news. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins After writing for more than two hours, she left off while the letter was still unfinished. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope It was from the Major. Tifto’s letters were very legible, but the writing was cramped, showing that the operation had been performed with difficulty. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope