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Elizabeth Hardwick
(1916-2007) born on
Jul 27
US author, critic. She was the first woman recipient of the Nathan Drama Criticism Award, 1967.
         
   
F
The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.

R
The fifties -- they seem to have taken place on a sunny afternoon that asked nothing of you except a drifting belief in the moment and its power to satisfy.
A
Sex can no longer be the germ, the seed of fiction. Sex is an episode, most properly conveyed in an episodic manner, quickly, often ironically. It is a bursting forth of only one of the cells in the body of the omnipotent "I" . . .
N
Letters are useful as a means of expressing the ideal self. . . . In letters we can reform without practice, beg without humiliation, snip and shape embarrassing experiences to the measure of our own desires. . . .
K
The language of the younger generation. . . has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power . . . . It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "The Writer's Chapbook," ed. George Plimpton, 1989.
R: "Bartleby in Manhattan and Other Essays," "Domestic Manners," 1983.
A: "Seduction and Betrayal," address, 1972, Vassar College; in "Seduction And Betrayal: Women and Literature," 1974.
N: "A View of My Own, " "Anderson, Millay and Crane in Their Letters," 1953.
K: "Bartleby in Manhattan and Other Essays," 1983.
   


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