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Knut Hamsun
(1859-1952) born on
Aug 04
Norwegian novelist. He was a leader of the Neo-Romantic revolt who rescued the novel from excessive naturalism; "Growth of the Soil," 1917.
         
   
F
The writer must be able to revel and roll in the abundance of words; he must know not only the direct but also the secret power of a word. There are overtones and undertones to a word, and lateral echoes, too.

R
Language must resound with all the harmonies of music. The writer must always, at all times, find the tremulous word which captures the thing and is able to draw a sob from my soul by its very rightness.
A
When good befalls a man he calls it Providence, when evil fate.
N
A word can be transformed into a coulour, light, a smell; it is the writer's task to use it in such a way that it serves, never fails, can never be ignored.
K
In old age . . . we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Article, 1888.
R: Article, 1888.
A: "Vagabonds," 1909.
N: Article, 1888.
K: "The Wanderer Farrar," 1975.
   


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