Robert Alter


On his book Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible

Cover Interview of May 30, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“For the importance of style in the understanding and the enjoyment of literature.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“A swing away from attention to style has led students and scholars away from one of the great joys of reading.”

On the second:

“Why does the Gettysburg Address begin with ‘Four score and seven years ago’? Is that somehow different from ‘Eighty-seven years ago’?”