Edmund White Quotes

16 Edmund White quotes:

"Biography can be the most middle-class of all forms, the judgment of little people avenging themselves on the great."
"But if all these things were the bits of tinsel and straw I made my nest out of, the way I felt while I worked was strangely different."
"I abandoned fiction for playwriting then for a number of years before taking it up again to write The Beautiful Room Is Empty in the mid-1960s."
"I didn't want to write a biographie romancee especially since I already write novels, nor did I want to challenge the rules of the biography game, arbitrary as those rules might be."
"I quickly discovered that I wrote best when I had an audience to read out loud to soon after the completion of my latest, hottest pages."
"I think sincerity was my sole aesthetic and realism my experimental technique."
"I think that there are empty ecological niches in the literary landscape crying to be filled and when a book more or less fills a niche it's seized on, even when it's a far from perfect fit."
"If I take a less defensive tone, I'd admit that I couldn't write today a very jazzy, contemporary look at America as I did in 1979 in States of Desire."
"Of course the success of A Boy's Own Story took me utterly off guard."
"The first version of The Beautiful Room Is Empty was the first mss. I'd ever submitted to New York editors."
"There was a certain hum that would be generated by the book when I was writing well; I'd stop working the instant that hum snapped off."
"These rejections hurt me terribly because I felt it was my life that was being rejected."
"Whereas fiction is a continual discovery of what one wants to say, what one feels, what one means, and is, in that sense, a performance art, biography requires different skills - research and organization."
"With my gaudy, exotic material I wanted to create large, dreamy constructions that would not be decorative but powerfully expressive."
"As a young teenager I looked desperately for things to read that might excuse me or assure me I wasn't the only one, that might confirm an identity I was unhappily piecing together."
"I felt if I went chronologically, I'd get bogged down in childhood and that's part of our culture of complaint in America. This endless wailing about your childhood."
Author: White Quotes Category: Childhood Quotes

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