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24.04.2014 15:13    Comments: 0    Categories: Writing Quotations      Tags: john gardner  novel writing  crazy  great novel  quote  

One must be just a little crazy to write a great novel. One must be capable of allowing the darkest, most ancient and shrewd parts of one’s being to take over the work from time to time.

 

~John Gardner


 


About the Author

 

John Gardner (1933-1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He wote The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson.


 
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