Even more literary quips, observations, & instructions
by Maud Newton |
“I only know it takes weeks to recover [from an interview], as if one had been in a car accident…. I think J.D. Salinger is correct in granting no interviews, and in making no speeches… I have [Graham Greene’s] telephone number but I wouldn’t dream of using it. I don’t seek out writers because we all want to be alone.” — Patricia Highsmith
“After all, one knows one’s weak points so well, that it’s rather bewildering to have the critics overlook them and invent others.” — Edith Wharton
“Don’t have any clap-trap announcements and ‘sensation’ puffs — nor any extracts published previous to publication of book — Have a decent publisher, in short.” — from Herman Melville’s publishing instructions to his brother
Prior installments of literary quips, observations, etc., are here, here, and here.