Choose an author as you choose a friend.
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- A good novel tells us the truth about it’s hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
- A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author’s soul.
- If a book comes from the heart it will contrive to reach other hearts. All art and author craft are of small account to that.
- Readers are less and less seen as mere non-writers, the subhuman other or flawed derivative of the author; the lack of a pen is no longer a shameful mark of secondary status but a positively enabling space, just as within every writer can be seen to lurk, as a repressed but contaminating antithesis, a reader.
- For a good book has this quality, that it is not merely a petrifaction of its author, but that once it has been tossed behind, like Deucalion’s little stone, it acquires a separate and vivid life of its own.
- I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors. There is so much aspiration in them, so much audacious hope and trembling fear, so much of the heart’s history, that all errors and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of in the amiable self assertion of youth.