Stella Gibbons from her foreword to “Cold Comfort Farm”

And it is only because I have in mind all those thousands of persons not unlike myself, who work in the vulgar and meaningles bustle of offices, shops and homes, and who are not always sure whether a sentence is Literature or whether it is just sheer flapdoodle, that I have adopted the method perfected by the late Herr Baedeker, and firmly marked what I consider the finger passages with one [*], two [**] or three {***} stars. … It ought to help the reviewers, too.

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