[Ads-l] Adage: (Plays, books, stories, poems) are not written - they are rewritten

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 15 18:13:22 EST 2017

I received request from Finland to examine the saying in the subject
line which appeals to people who enjoy rewriting manuscripts.

The earliest match I found appeared in a newspaper essay by popular
playwright Steele MacKaye on July 28, 1889. The first line said:

[Begin excerpt]
Plays are not written—they are rewritten.
[End excerpt]


Feedback welcome
Garson O'Toole

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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