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After the Field Service, when I was back at Harvard, I was still writing poetry, and I met the poet Theodore Spencer.
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As he was telling us about these pleasures, at that very moment, in the ruin and the tall grass, I stepped on a hornets, nest and got stung.
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As in The Lime Twig dream and illusion are right at the center of Charivari.
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Because of my father's dislocated life, I knew intuitively that I wanted to have as few jobs as possible by the time I was married.
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He was the first person to befriend me at Harvard. At any rate, in some class the teacher gave us an exercise which I've used ever since.
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I decided I would do that aver again - make an entire novel out of that one little passage.
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I didn't for a moment doubt the choice, but if life is ever fearsome, it is truly fearsome then.
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I didn't know what kind of jobs, because how was I prepared? At best, I would be an AB in English.
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I do not feel an exile from America in any sense.
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I don't know much about my mother's family. Her father was in the banking business.
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I had to go to Sunday school once or twice in my life, and that's where I commented someplace on hearing.
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I remember my mother finding mud somehow and putting it on the sting.
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I remembered a paragraph from The Cannibal, when the women from the village go to the institution to put down the rebellion.
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I think he was waiting and hoping for some moment when I might be able to get a job at Harvard, and that's what happened.
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I used to carry about with me a German map-case filled with poems.
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I want prose fiction to be recognized as that, and I'm not interested in writing as it becomes more personal.
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I wanted to make up worlds, and I wanted to be distant enough to control these worlds authoritatively, superbly.
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I was becoming involved in those materials in such a way as to cause the language to break down, to become clotted.
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I was not typical. Whatever typical or normal is, I was somehow separated and different.
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I'm only interested in fiction that in some way or other voices the very imagination which is conceiving it.
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In Ford's book, that state which we consider normal and conventional in our lives is denied the fictional characters.
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In my earliest childhood, we seemed to move back and forth between New York City and Connecticut until I was about eight or ten years old.
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In The Lime Twig I took two very young people and made them very old.
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It had a bear on the front of it; when I think of it I remember this Indian, who was a kind of Huckleberry Finn figure.
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It had dimly been in my mind that I would like to teach, but I simply gave up the hope because it seemed utterly impossible.
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It's hard to tell whether the ship or airplane - they're all the same, I'm convinced - is male or female; it may shift back and forth.
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My education was constantly interrupted. I moved around a great deal, had no real sense of home, except for the New England landscape.
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My father's parents were Irish. Only a year before my father died, he and I went back to Ireland for a week to look at the old homestead.
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My mother wanted very much to play tennis; she wanted, most of all, to be a singer and play the piano.
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On the night before we were married, all of the anxiety in the world came down upon me.
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Once I started to write prose, I certainly did not envy the poets. I've mocked poets and poetry ever since I began writing fiction.
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Really, I didn't like Alaska. It rained, almost every day, at least 300 days out of the year.
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Still, it's interesting that I can't account for how Charivari came into existence.
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That schizophrenic act was probably my first real fictive effort, written in 1943.
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The earliest memory in Connecticut that I can think of has to do with a riding stable that abutted against the property of my grandfather.
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The Indians there lived in terrible poverty, in shacks right on the waterfront of the city. I was always aware of them.
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The only thing that exists is torment, lyricism, and the magnificence of language.
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The world of this banal figure is suddenly, totally disrupted and violated when the imprisoned women revolt and take it over.
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Then he read us a passage, and I recognized my own words coming from his mouth; it was quite a wonderful experience.
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Then I went into the American Field Service, and that really is quite a long story.
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These things she gave up because, in the early '30s, after the Depression, my father went to Alaska in order to speculate.
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To be anywhere near an enormous ocean liner when you are just like a fish in the water is frightening.
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When I started writing fiction, I knew how good it was immediately.
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When we lived in Juneau, Alaska, it was a town of about 7,000 people, and totally isolated; the only way to get to it was by ship.
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