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Practice your writing by typing out classic literature. This method not only enhances your understanding of rhythm, structure, and nuances but also connects you deeply with the timeless flow of literary history.This is a BETA version.

Type the words from the book. We gave you 4 words to start with.

Cranford is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, first published in 1851. It is a humorous and poignant portrayal of the lives of the residents of the small town of Cranford, focusing on the experiences of the town, particularly the lives of the town's older residents. The novel is a social satire that explores themes of society, social dynamics, and the human condition.


My father has written of the memories connected with the writing of
books, and of the scenes and feelings which are printed on the pages,
quite other from those which they recount. And there are also the
associations of the readers as well as of the writers. One scene in
Cranford always comes back to me, not only for its own most pathetic
value, but because I saw my father reading it. I can still remember him
coming through the doorway just as I had finished the chapter, when not
without some agitation and excitement I put the close printed number of
Household Words into his hand. It was in the little dining-room of his
house in Young Street, by gas light, just before dinner-time. The story
was that of Captain Brown and he sat down and read it then and there,
and afterwards told me the writers name. But indeed I did not think of
it as a story at all, it seemed to me rather that I had witnessed some
most touching and heroic deed, some sad disaster, and though I was a
grown girl at the time I had a foolish childish wish for my fathers
sympathy, and a feeling that even yet he might avert the catastrophe.
Dear Captain Brown! in his shabby wig and faded coat, loved and
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Why Type a Masterpiece?

Typing out classical literature is not just an exercise in patience; it's a deeply immersive way to understand the rhythm, structure, and nuances of great writing. By manually reproducing the works of renowned authors, you engage with the text on a level that reading alone cannot offer. This method allows you to feel the flow of sentences, the choice of words, and the intricate construction of paragraphs that make these works timeless.

Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can't use the wrong words.

– Virginia Woolf

literati is a unique platform where writers can select from a vast collection of public domain classics to type out. This practice is akin to a musician playing pieces by the masters to internalize the elements of composition and performance. Just as the musician learns the subtleties of each note and chord, the writer learns the power of each word and sentence.

Prose is like hair; it shines with combing.

– Gustave Flaubert

Engaging directly with masterpieces allows writers to absorb the rhythm of the text, the ebb and flow of its pacing, and the beauty of its imagery. It cultivates an appreciation for the craft of writing and provides invaluable lessons in how to construct compelling narratives, develop characters, and evoke emotions in readers. Happy typing!

The only truth is music.

– Jack Kerouac

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