rg, on Dec 25 2008, 10:56 PM, said:
'very interesting' indeed, Leonid, this obiturary you just posted.
i've long been told that UK obits are essentially different from those run in US newspapers, esp. the NYTimes where the writing tends to be more 'formal' or at least used to be.
does this Telegraph obit have a by-line?
Regrettably formality in English public life has deteriorated and I regret to inform you so has the content of our newspapers.
It is generally the tradition in English Papers not to have a by line. This detachment, gave the obituary a formality of the importance of the subject as being worthy of note. In many cases, the obituary writers were quite notable persons in their own right. After the initial publication, there might follow a formal tribute by a distinguished person(s) confirming a personal view, often established through personal acquaintance with the deceased. In the case of a seriously important personage, an obituary giving formal details of the 'life; in question would be given and supported nearby or on the front page, a personal appraisal by various people of some standing.
In the case of ballet obituaries, a very few critics would get a by line, a notable exception being Mary Clarke in the Guardian.
What is curious about The Telegraph obituary of Lepeshinskaya is the depth of personal detail. Unlike a review, no by line was displayed.