Facts about Leslie Fiedler

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Leslie Fiedler was a famous Critic from USA, who lived between March 8, 1917 and January 29, 2003. He/she became 85 years old.

Zodiac etc.

He/she is born under the zodiac pisces, who is known for Fluctuation, Depth, Imagination, Reactive, Indecisive. Our collection contains 39 quotes who is written / told by Leslie.

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Famous quotes by Leslie Fiedler (39)


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"Writers always know whether you like them or not"
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"What I really dream of is that somebody would blow everything I've done out of the water in a beautiful way, which would clear the way for something better to come along"
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"I never met anybody in my life who says, I want to be a critic. People want to be a fireman, poet, novelist"
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"I long for the raised voice, the howl of rage or love"
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"Hemingway seems to be in a funny position. People nowadays can't identify with him closely as a member of their own generation, and he isn't yet historical"
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"Cooper wrote a novel which is absolutely indistinguishable from Austen, completely from a female point of view, completely English, no sense that he was an American"
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"When somebody asks me what I do, I don't think I'd say critic. I say writer"
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"The novel doesn't come into existence until certain methods of reproducing fiction come along"
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"My assignment is what every writer's assignment is: tell the truth of his own time"
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"I think the pattern of my essays is, A funny thing happened to me on my way through Finnegans Wake"
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"I think Henry Miller has had huge influence not because he wrote about sex, but because the memoir or the nonfiction novel has become such a monumental force in American publishing, if not in literature"
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"I liked Camille Paglia. I liked her even better when I heard her talk"
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"DeLillo never seems committed to me to what he is writing. Very nice surfaces, but he's got nothing underneath"
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"One more recent novelist to come along is Cormac McCarthy. Him, I like"
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"I used to be fond of Indian arm wrestling"
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"I love it now that a large minority of people who are handicapped prefer to call themselves crippled. This is all part of the game, like queer theory"
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"I admire Ginsberg as a poet, despite the fact that he seems not to know when he is being good and when he is bad. But he will last, or at least those poems will last"
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"All good criticism should be judged the way art is. You shouldn't read it the way you read history or science"
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"When all of us are forgotten, people will still be remembering Stephen King"
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"Kafka is still unrecognized. He thought he was a comic writer"
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"Henry Miller wrote novels, but he calls his protagonist Henry, often Henry Miller, and his books are in this gray area between memoir and novel"
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"Gertrude Stein really thought of Hemingway as frail. He almost married Stein"
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"Faulkner turned out to be a great teacher. When a student asked a question ineptly, he answered the question with what the student had really wanted to know"
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"When I was 12 years old, someone took me to see Martha Graham. It was nothing like what I thought of as serious dancing and even then I knew I was having a great experience. It was as if somebody was moving through space like no one ever did before"
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"Jane Austen is at the end of the line that begins with Samuel Richardson, which takes wonder and magic out of the novel, treats not the past but the present"
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"I've had a tough time with Pynchon. I liked him very much when I first read him. I liked him less with each book. He got denser and more complex in a way that didn't really pay off"
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"I have, I admit, a low tolerance for detached chronicling and cool analysis"
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"It's so wrong when I pick up a new edition of Huckleberry Finn and I look at the last page and it doesn't say, Yours truly, at the end"
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"It's funny to be a critic"
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"I like that people who are not experts can not only understand but get engaged by my work. I like that Joe Paterno can read me. Bill Bradley"
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"There are things in American culture that want to wipe the class distinction. Blue jeans. Ready-made clothes. Coca-Cola"
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"The reason Saul Bellow doesn't talk to me anymore is because he knows his new novels are not worth reading"
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"I've been writing about James Fenimore Cooper. He was not a writer. Here was a man who was 30 years old and had never put anything more than his signature on paper"
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"Faulkner sat in our living room and read from Light in August. That was incredible"
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"Critics? How do they happen? I know how it happened to me. I would send a poem or story to a magazine and they would say this doesn't suit our needs precisely but on the other hand you sound interesting. Would you be interested in doing a review?"
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"If there's one thing I can't stand, it's somebody doing something because I pushed them in that direction"
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"I gave up writing blurbs because you make one friend and 200 enemies"
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"Foucault was the one person I met in France that I could talk to. He was a mensch. You know whether you agree with him or not because you know what he is saying"
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"Anybody in the next centuries wanting to know what it was like to be a poet in the middle of the 20th century should read Kaddish"


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