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Gore Vidal
(1925-2012) born on
Oct 3
US novelist, dramatist, critic. He is known for his irreverent and intellectually adroit novels, e.g.,"Burr," 1973 and "Lincoln: A Novel," 1984.
         
   
F
It is the spirit of the age to believe that any fact, no matter how suspect, is superior to any imaginative exercise, no matter how true.

R
Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players, and Tennessee Williams has about 5. . . . I have 10 or so, and that's a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.
A
I like the way you always manage to state the obvious with a sense of real discovery.
N
Most writers write books that they wouldn't read. I ought to know; I've done it myself.
K
In America, the race goes to the loud, the solemn, the hustler. If you think you are a great writer, you must say that you are.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "French Letters: Theories of the New Novel," in "Encounter" (London), Dec 1967.
R: "Times Herald," (Dallas) 18 Jun 1978.
A: In "Quotable Business," ed. Louis E. Boone, 1992.
N: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
K: Interview in "Writers at Work," Fifth Series, ed. George Plimpton, 1981.
   


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