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Anatole Broyard
(1920-0) born on
Jul 16
US literary critic. He was an American literary critic for The New York Times.
The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. . . . this spontaneous talking back to a book [is] one of the things that makes reading so valuable.

The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.
His father, Vincent, took him to La Coupole in Paris and, after sitting on the terrace for a while, walked off and forgot him. It was the perfect start in life for a writer.
It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
Either a writer doesn't want to talk about his work, or he talks about it more than you want.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Rereading and Other Excesses" in NY "Times," 3 Mar 85
R: In NY "Times," 13 Jan 76
A: On Michael Korda, in review of "Charmed Lives," Random House 79, in NY "Times," 3 Nov 79
N: On Curtis Harnack's "We Have All Gone Away," Doubleday 73; in NY "Times," 16 Mar 73
K: In "The Fourth 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said," ed. Robert Byrne, 1990.

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