Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it - whole-heartedly - and delete it befor sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.
- Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
Author: Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch Born as: Arthur Quiller-Couch Other Names: Q. b. 21 November 1863
d. 12 May 1944 Occupation: Writer Works: Selected works:
Dead Man's Rock - 1887
Troy Town - 1888
The Splendid Spur - 1889
The Blue Pavilions - 1891
St Ives - 1898, completing an unfinished novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Ship of Stars - 1899
Hetty Wesley - 1903
The Adventures of Harry Revel - 1903
Fort Amity - 1904
The Shining Ferry - 1905
Sir John Constantine - 1906
A collected edition of Q's fiction appeared as 'Tales and Romances - 30 volumes, 1928–29
Green Bays - 1893
Poems and Ballads - 1896
Criticism and anthologies:
Adventures in Criticism - 1896
The Golden Pomp, - 1895
Oxford Book of English Verse, 1250–1900 - 1900
The Sleeping Beauty and other Fairy Tales from the Old French - 1910
Studies in Literature - 1918
On the Art of Reading - 1920
On the Art of Writing
Oxford Book of English Prose - 1923
Memories and Opinions - unfinished, published 1945. Family Ties: Landmarks: Primarily remembered for the monumental Oxford Book Of English Verse 1250–1900, later extended to 1918.
Knighted in 1910, Quiller-Couch was made a Bard of Gorseth Kernow in 1928, taking the Bardic name Marghak Cough - 'Red Knight', and was Commodore of the Royal Fowey Yacht Club from 1911 until his death. Notes: His Book of English Verse is oft-quoted by John Mortimer's fictional character Horace Rumpole.
Castle Dor, a retelling of the Tristan and Iseult myth in modern circumstances, was left unfinished at Quiller-Couch's death and was completed many years later by Daphne du Maurier. As she wrote in the Sunday Telegraph on April 1962, she took up the job with considerable trepidation, at the request of Quiller-Couch's daughter and "in memory of happy evenings long ago when 'Q' was host at Sunday supper".
He features as a main character, played by Leo McKern, in the 1991 BBC TV feature, The Last Romantics. The story focuses on his relationship with his protegé, F. R. Leavis and the students.
His Cambridge inaugural lecture series, published as On the Art of Writing, is the source of the popular writers' adage "murder your darlings. Source: Unknown Submitted By: Don Hinrics