A Note on Purple Prose

I mentioned this in the tail end of my vlog on “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” and figured I’d give a quick little overview for those of you who might be unclear as to what this term refers.

Purple prose is written prose that is so notably flowery or extravagant that it breaks the flow of the narrative’s cadence and draws noted attention to itself. It is more than just a particularly beautiful piece of writing because its result is writing that is almost sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context.

Basically, it’s fluff — ridiculously beautifully written fluff, but fluff.


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