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Shiloh is a wonderfully dramatic battle. The leader of one side is killed, and the other one is going on to glory, and it was…
I used to write sonnets and various things, and moved from there into writing prose, which, incidentally, is a lot more interesting than poetry, including…
I prize the Depression, for instance, because I learned the value of things in the Depression that a way people who don’t have to worry…
My second book, Follow Me Down had some success, got good critical notices, went into a second printing and things like that, but Shiloh was…
I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of – I began writing poetry. And I find that to be quite usual with writers,…
And I really do think that the difficulty of research makes it more real to you than punching a thing to find out how many…
Most of my inspiration, if that’s the word, came from books themselves.
I’ve never shown anybody a draft of anything.
I never cared what kind of grade I got.
I took five years on the first volume, five years on the second volume, and ten years on the third volume.
I think that everything you do helps you to write if you’re a writer. Adversity and success both contribute largely to making you what you…
If you want to study writing, read Dickens. That’s how to study writing, or Faulkner, or D.H. Lawrence, or John Keats. They can teach you…
But the same thing was true in the army. You slept in a barracks with all kinds of people of every nationality, every trade, every…
Of all the passions of mankind, the love of novelty most rules the mind. In search of this, from realm to realm we roam. Our…
Longevity conquers scandal every time.
When you grow up in a totally segregated society, where everybody around you believes that segregation is proper, you have a hard time. You can’t…
And I’m a slow writer: five, six hundred words is a good day. That’s the reason it took me 20 years to write those million…
I don’t want anything to do with anything mechanical between me and the paper, including a typewriter, and I don’t even want a fountain pen…
I think making mistakes and discovering them for yourself is of great value, but to have someone else to point out your mistakes is a…
I’m crazy about Grant: his character, his nature, his science in fighting and everything else. But I don’t like the idea that he never accepted…
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