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Rice Krispies happens to be one of my favorite junk foods, just as I regard Michener as superior among junk writers. (Quote by - Christopher Lehmann)

The critical method which denies literary modernity would appear - and even, in certain respects, would be - the most modern of critical movements. (Quote by - Paul de Man)

I wonder what it means about American literary culture and its transmission when I consider the number of American poets who earn their living teaching creative writing in universities. I've ended up doing that myself. (Quote by - Marilyn Hacker)

As I said earlier, there are no writers who could create a literary vision of the new reality. (Quote by - Andrzej Wajda)

For this reason, to study English literature without some general knowledge of the relation of the Bible to that literature would be to leave one's literary education very incomplete. (Quote by - Lafcadio Hearn)

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries. (Quote by - Stephen King)

At last, in 1611, was made, under the auspices of King James, the famous King James version; and this is the great literary monument of the English language. (Quote by - Lafcadio Hearn)

A contemporary artist can use the findings of all epochs and all styles, from the most primitive literary expressions up to the most refined products of the baroque. (Quote by - Juan Goytisolo)

Movie SF is, by definition, dumbed down - there have only been three or four SF movies in the history of film that aspire to the complexity of literary SF. (Quote by - Dan Simmons)

Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It's literary suicide. (Quote by - Erma Bombeck)

One would think that in writing about literary men and matters there would be no difficulty in finding a title for one's essay, or that any embarrassment which might arise would be from excess of material. I find this, however, far from being the case. (Quote by - James Payn)

Every literary critic believes he will outwit history and have the last word. (Quote by - Mason Cooley)

They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?' (Quote by - Samuel Butler)

One of the best known, and one of the least intelligible, facts of literary history is the lateness, in Western European Literature at any rate, of prose fiction, and the comparative absence, in the two great classical languages, of what we call by that name. (Quote by - George Saintsbury)

I'm not against asking the audience to work, but I think what you have now is a sort of gratuitous deconstruction as a result of a fashion of literary deconstructionism indicating that there are no meanings. (Quote by - Jonathan Miller)

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. (Quote by - Henry David Thoreau)

The thriller is the most popular literary genre of the 20th century. (Quote by - Ken Follett)

Excessive literary production is a social offense. (Quote by - George Eliot)

We breathe, we think, we conceive of our lives as narratives. (Quote by - Christopher Lehmann)

The grounding in natural sciences which I obtained in the course of my medical studies, including preliminary examinations in botany, zoology, physics, and chemistry, was to become decisive in determining the trend of my literary work. (Quote by - Johannes Vilhelm Jensen)

I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction, On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one. (Quote by - Mark Haddon)

The novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers. (Quote by - Jose Saramago)

These were all middle-class kids from literary backgrounds, joining this sort of train going by, this pop train, jumping on. Whereas the rest of the rock scene, you'll find that there's mostly working-class people. (Quote by - Kevin Ayers)

One of the biggest changes that ever occurred in my life was going from the isolation of working part-time as a house painter in Henderson County, to Cornell, where everybody was a literary person. (Quote by - Robert Morgan)

I think that there are empty ecological niches in the literary landscape crying to be filled and when a book more or less fills a niche it's seized on, even when it's a far from perfect fit. (Quote by - Edmund White)


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