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[ayl‐eer‐tri]

Dependent upon chance. Aleatory writing involves an element of randomness either in composition, as in automatic writing and the cut‐up, or in the reader's selection and ordering of written fragments, as in B. S. Johnson's novel The Unfortunates (1969), a box of 27 separately bound printed sections of which 25 can be read in any order.

Subjects: Literature.


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