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Gayl Jones
(1949-____) born on
Nov 23
US short story writer, novelist. She has a particular interest in black oral culture; her short stories and novels, notably "Corregidora," 1977, capture the black idiom.
         
   
F
I learned to write by listening to people talk. I still feel that the best of my writing comes from having heard rather than having read.

R
My great-grandmama told my grandmama . . . and my grandmama told my mama what they both lived through and my mama told me what they all lived through and we suppose to pass it down like that from generation to generation so we'd never forget.
A
When you tell a story you automatically talk about traditions, but they're never separate from the people, the human implications. You're talking about your connections as a human being.
N
You change the rhythm of the talk and respoonse and you change the rhythm between the talk and the response.
K
I believe that all literatures can have political uses and misuses. Sometimes politics can enhance, sometimes it can get in the way of imaginative literature. . . . I'm not sure one can be a creative writer and a politician -- not a "good" politician.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Chant of Saints," by Michael Harper and Robert B. Stepto, 1979.
R: "Corregidora," 1975.
A: "Singing a Deep Song," in "Black Women Writers," ed. Evans, 1984.
N: "Singing a Deep Song," in "Black Women Writers," ed. Evans, 1984.
K: In "Famous Black Quotations," ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.
   


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