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Malcolm Cowley
(1898-1989) born on
Aug 24
US critic, author. He was assistant editor of the "New Republic," 1929-44; wrote "Flowering of New England" and the autobiographical "Exiles Return," 1934.
         
   
F
Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.

R
They tell you that you'll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don't tell you is that you won't miss it much.
A
It would have been the equivalent of Jackson Pollock's attempts to copy the Sistine Chapel.
N
Be kind and considerate with your criticism. . . . It's just as hard to write a bad book as it is to write a good book.
K
Authors are sometimes like tomcats: They distrust all the other toms but they are kind to kittens.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
R: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
A: On a manuscript John Cheever had submitted that seemed obviously based on a Hemingway story, quoted by Susan Cheever "Home before Dark," Houghton Mifflin 84
N: quoted by Ken Kesey, in "The New York Times," 31 Dec 1989.
K: Introduction to "Writers at Work," 1958.
   


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