Quotes by Leslie Fiedler (Critic/American).

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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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The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity. That's what makes it different from both high art and folk art.
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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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DeLillo never seems committed to me to what he is writing. Very nice surfaces, but he's got nothing underneath.
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Raymond Carver is good. I think he'll be appreciated more and more. He's an easy writer to imitate.
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When all of us are forgotten, people will still be remembering Stephen King.
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I long for the raised voice, the howl of rage or love.
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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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One more recent novelist to come along is Cormac McCarthy. Him, I like.
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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'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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I gave up writing blurbs because you make one friend and 200 enemies.
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Kafka is still unrecognized. He thought he was a comic writer.
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The novel is always pop art, and the novel is always dying. That's the only way it stays alive. It does really die. I've been thinking about that a lot.
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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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Gertrude Stein really thought of Hemingway as frail. He almost married Stein.
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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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Of the female black authors, I really like Morrison's early books a lot. But she's really become so much a clone of Faulkner. He did it better.
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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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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 liked Camille Paglia. I liked her even better when I heard her talk.
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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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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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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 used to be fond of Indian arm wrestling.
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