Harry Mathews Quotes


33 Harry Mathews quotes:



"My idea was to go to Vienna to study conducting and perhaps play in an orchestra first, so I thought before I got to Vienna I could do with a little training in Paris."
"After the navy, I transferred to Harvard and finished there. I was there the spring term of 1951 and I stayed through the summer term and a whole other year, so I was able to do two years in a little less than a year and a half."
"And I finished college because I thought how much it would upset my parents if I didn't."
"And then, when I left Princeton in the middle of my sophomore year, I went into the navy."
"As for characters, I think that very little is needed. You just give a hint and the reader will make up the character on his or her own."
"But I soon learned that this was an absolute dead-end street: I would always be an American. And once I realized this, life became a joy."
"But what I love most is storytelling."
"I also had this mistaken dream, fantasy really - perhaps because I'm good at languages - of being able in both Italy and France to become someone else through my fluency in the language."
"I graduated in 1952 and went to Europe, with Niki and our first child Laura, who was then a year old."
"I have to say my initial attraction to France, which happened on my first visit when I was a student at eighteen, was inexplicable."
"I left Princeton, but I graduated Harvard, in 1952."
"I love teaching."
"I think situations are more important than plot and character."
"I thought Cheever was magnificent and that if I could write like him that would be the best I could do. And then I realized that what I really wanted to write had nothing to do with what he was doing."
"I was immediately smitten with an attraction to this culture, not in the sense of high culture but of the basic way people behaved towards one another."
"I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, for a while, about which the less said the better, and then I was in the Mediterranean, about which the more said the better."
"I went to Harvard because I disliked Princeton so much - I spent a year and a half there. I didn't leave Harvard early; I actually finished."
"It has always been something I could do, and it may seem odd that in my case I seem to create an interesting narrative and frustrate the reader's opportunities to follow it at every step."
"It wasn't anything he said; it was his whole attitude towards literature that made me realize that I could do absolutely anything I wanted to."
"It's true, I had an extremely delicious life, but that was my life at home, and perhaps because I was only a child, or for whatever reasons, I found the company of others, especially other boys, quite terrifying and upsetting."



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