Facts about Irwin Shaw

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Summary

Irwin Shaw was a famous Novelist from USA, who lived between February 27, 1913 and May 16, 1984.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac pisces, who is known for Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive. Our collection contains 38 quotes who is written / told by Irwin.

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Famous quotes by Irwin Shaw (38)


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"Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why you should get paid for playing"
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"In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75"
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"I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it"
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"I haven't stuck to any formula. Most great writers stick to the same style, but I wanted to be more various"
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"An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself"
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"You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish"
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"Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life"
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"The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises"
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"In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices"
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"At the height of the McCarthy period, writers were being hounded"
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"A writer has to live with a sense of honor"
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"Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it"
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"Writers of fiction, when they begin, are more likely to try the short form"
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"My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever"
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"Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House"
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"Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English. Still, he's an American"
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"In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist. Fitzgerald was the great example of that"
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"I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans"
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"A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much"
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"Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for writers to start out in because the writing quickly falls into a routine and people are likely to find themselves artistically exhausted when they want to work on something of their own"
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"I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal"
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"Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the writer an acceptable public figure; obviously, he was no sissy"
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"In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody"
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"I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?"
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"Curiously, the United States is full of writers who have one big work in their life and that's all"
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"A writer is a human being. He has to live with a sense of honor"
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"My views naturally have mellowed. Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me"
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"If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship"
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"I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young"
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"I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it"
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"I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober"
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"All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one"
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"My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have"
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"It's those damn critics again"
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"I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written"
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"I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself"
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"Every novelist has a different purpose - and often several purposes which might even be contradictory"
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"You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer"


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