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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.
Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.

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.
It would have been the equivalent of Jackson Pollock's attempts to copy the Sistine Chapel.
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.
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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