Sappho is a great poet because she is a lesbian, which gives her erotic access to the Muse. Sappho and the homosexual-tending Emily Dickinson stand alone above women poets, because poetry's mystical energies are ruled by a hierach requiring the sexual subordination of her petitioners. Women have achieved more as novelists than as poets because the social novel operates outside the ancient marriage of myth and eroticism.
Novelists, whatever else they may be besides, are also children talking to childrenin the dark.Bernard DeVoto
Novelists should never allow themselves to weary of the study of real life.charlotte brontë
For me, as for most Novelists, every genuine imaginative event begins down there, with the facts, with the specific, and not with the philosophical, theideological, or the abstract.
There is a part of me in every character, naturally. That's why Novelists rarely write good autobiographies. You start one and it becomes another novel - bound to.john dos passos
It may happen in the next hundred years that the English Novelists of the present day will come to be valued as we now value the artists and craftsmen of the late eighteenth century.evelyn waugh
There is an enormous pressure placed on gay Novelists because they are the only spokespeople. The novelist's first obligation is to be true to his own vision, not to be some sort of common denominator or public relations man to all gay people.Edmund White
A petty reason perhaps why Novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that Novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.graham greene
It is well to start by distinguishing the few really great – the major Novelists who count in the same way as the major poets, in the sense that they not only change the possibilities of the art for practitioners and readers, but that they are significant in terms of the human awareness they promote; awareness of the possibilities of life.f. r. leavis
But can we go to posterity with a sheaf of loose pages, or ask the readers of those days, with the whole of literature before them, to sift our enormous rubbish heaps for our tiny pearls? Such are the questions which the critics might lawfully put to their companions at table, the Novelists and poets.virginia woolf
Whenever I become discouraged (which is on alternate Tuesdays, between three and four) I lift my spirits by remembering: The artists are on our side! I mean those poets and painters, singers and musicians, Novelists and playwrights who speak to the world in a way that is impervious to assault because they wage the battle for justice in a sphere which is unreachable by the dullness of ordinary political discourse.howard zinn
The most common human act that writing a novel resembles is lying. The working novelist lies daily, very complexly, and at great length. If not for our excessive vanity and our over-active imaginations , Novelists might be unusually difficult to deceive .
There is a part of me in every character, naturally. That's why Novelists rarely write good autobiographies. You start one and it becomes another novel - bound to.
I do not care for the big 'ideas' of Novelists. Novels are wonderful, of course, but I prefer newspapers.
Sappho is a great poet because she is a lesbian, which gives her erotic access to the Muse. Sappho and the homosexual-tending Emily Dickinson stand alone above women poets, because poetry's mystical energies are ruled by a hierach requiring the sexual subordination of her petitioners. Women have achieved more as Novelists than as poets because the social novel operates outside the ancient marriage of myth and eroticism.
Sometimes I think some of my fellow Novelists who have not worked in television and film are very naive about this process. They get an offer and there's the dump truck full of money and they sign it, they cash the check and then they're not involved in the series. They may get invited to the premiere and they come out of the premiere looking like all of their children had just been gassed, with a stunned look on their face because everything has been changed.george r. r. martin
If human nature does alter it will be because individuals manage to look at themselves in a new way. Here and there people a very few people, but a few Novelists are among them are trying to do this. Every institution and vested interest is against such a search: organized religion, the state, the family in its economic aspect, have nothing to gain, and it is only when outward prohibitions weaken that it can proceed: history conditions it to that extent.e. m. forster
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