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Born: 1913-02-27
Profession: Novelist
Nation: American
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In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.

Tags: Talk, Theater, Writer

Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English. Still, he's an American.

Tags: American, Born, Write

It's those damn critics again.

Tags: Again, Critics

Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House.

Tags: House, White, Writers

My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have.

Tags: Attitude, Books, Read

My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever.

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My views naturally have mellowed. Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me.

Tags: Critics, Less, Nice

People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.

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The great writers just kept bringing them out. They didn't care if they repeated themselves.

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The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out.

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The writer works in a lonely way.

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There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough.

Tags: Enough, Memories, Read

Writers of fiction, when they begin, are more likely to try the short form.

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Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.

Tags: Life, Writing, Yourself

Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why you should get paid for playing.

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You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer.

Tags: Expect, Popularity, Writer

An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.

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Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for writers to start out in because the writing quickly falls into a routine and people are likely to find themselves artistically exhausted when they want to work on something of their own.

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The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises.

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When I started out in the early 1930s, there were a great many magazines that published short stories. Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing.

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You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish.

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I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal.

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A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much.

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I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young.

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No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesn't get paid.

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Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.

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Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.

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A writer has to live with a sense of honor.

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A writer is a human being. He has to live with a sense of honor.

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All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one.

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At the height of the McCarthy period, writers were being hounded.

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Curiously, the United States is full of writers who have one big work in their life and that's all.

Tags: Big, Life, Work

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the writer an acceptable public figure; obviously, he was no sissy.

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Every novelist has a different purpose - and often several purposes which might even be contradictory.

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I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself.

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I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?

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I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans.

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I haven't stuck to any formula. Most great writers stick to the same style, but I wanted to be more various.

Tags: Great, Style, Wanted

I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.

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I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it.

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I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written.

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I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it.

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If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.

Tags: Enough, Time, Writing

In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody.

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In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist. Fitzgerald was the great example of that.

Tags: America, Feeling, Great

In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75.

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