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Anthony Burgess
(1917-1993) born on
Feb 25
English novelist, critic, man of letters. His fictional explorations of modern dilemmas combined wit, moral earnestness, and a note of the bizarre.
         
   
F
Americans will listen, but they do not care to read. War and Peace must wait for the leisure of retirement, which never really comes: meanwhile it helps to furnish the living room.

R
A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although. . . he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
A
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
N
The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
K
Blockbusting fiction is bought as furniture. Unread, it maintains its value. Read, it looks like money wasted. Cunningly, Americans know that books contain a person, and they want the person, not the book.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "You've Had Your Time," ch. 2, 1990.
R: "You've Had Your Time," ch. 2, 1990.
A: In "Face" (London), Dec 1984.
N: In "Guardian" (London), 24 Feb 1989.
K: "You've Had Your Time," ch. 2, 1990.
   


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