Famous Creative Women Quotations from . . .

Elizabeth Hardwick
(1916-____) born on
Jul 27
US "author, critic". "She was the first woman recipient of the Nathan Drama Criticism Award, 1967."

"The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination."

The fifties -- they seem to have taken place on a sunny afternoon that asked nothing of you except a drifting belief in the moment and its power to satisfy.
"Sex can no longer be the germ, the seed of fiction. Sex is an episode, most properly conveyed in an episodic manner, quickly, often ironically. It is a bursting forth of only one of the cells in the body of the omnipotent "I" . . ."
"Letters are useful as a means of expressing the ideal self. . . . In letters we can reform without practice, beg without humiliation, snip and shape embarrassing experiences to the measure of our own desires. . . ."
"The language of the younger generation. . . has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power . . . . It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism."


Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F:  "In "The Writer's Chapbook," ed. George Plimpton, 1989."
R: ""Bartleby in Manhattan and Other Essays," "Domestic Manners," 1983."
A: ""Seduction and Betrayal," address, 1972, Vassar College; in "Seduction And Betrayal: Women and Literature," 1974."
N: ""A View of My Own, " "Anderson, Millay and Crane in Their Letters," 1953."
K: ""Bartleby in Manhattan and Other Essays," 1983."

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