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Van Wyck Brooks
(1886-1963) born on
Feb 16
US literary critic, cultural historian. He saw literature as an outgrowth of a national culture; wrote "America's Coming of Age," 1915.
         
   
F
No one is fit to judge a book until he has rounded Cape Horn in a sailing vessel, until he has bumped into two or three icebergs, until he has been lost in the sands of the desert, until he has spent a few years in the House of the Dead.

R
Those of our writers who have possessed a vivid personal talent have been paralyzed by a want of social background.
A
Magnanimous people have no vanity, they have no jealousy, and they feed on the true and the solid wherever they find it. And, what is more, they find it everywhere.
N
If men were basically evil, who would bother to improve the world instead of giving it up as a bad job at the outset?
K
People of small caliber are always carping. They are bent on showing their own superiority, their knowledge or prowess or good breeding.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "From a Writer's Notebook," 1958.
R: "The Literary Life in America"
A: "A Chilmark Miscellany."
N: "From a Writer's Notebook," 1957.
K: "A Chilmark Miscellany."
   


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