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Here, however, the style plods, plagued by idiosyncrasies, chief among them a tendency to punctuate questions with periods and statements with question marks, an overreliance on em dashes to fracture sentence structure, and irregular constructions.
Surely readers of the DHLR noticed that two ofmy quotations from the letters feature two-space, closed em dashes (by--and) although Lawrence always used single-space, open en dashes (by - and).
His hatred of quotation marks led to the widely emulated innovation of em dashes to introduce speech found in the printing of Dubliners and Portrait.