Literary Birthday - 22 November - Jon Cleary

Happy Birthday, Jon Cleary, born 22 November 1917, died 19 July 2010

Five Quotes

  1. They are company. I still love the serendipity of the character who walks on that you haven’t envisaged, and you know that he or she is going to be with you for the rest of the book.
  2. I’ve known writers who have written two or three books too many and when I found myself making notes on a serial killer, I thought, no, you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel, because that’s the cliche in crime fiction.
  3. Age doesn’t make you sage, but it does help you relax in taking risks. And in recognising that you are never too old to adjust.
  4. I get annoyed when people dismiss me as a thriller writer - I think to myself well the buggers haven’t read half of me because if they look at my books they would find half are not thrillers. Besides, I dislike the term - to me a thriller is something that’s all story, usually written with cardboard characters and often to a formula.
  5. Half the pleasure of writing for me has been the research … I might use only 10 per cent of what I get but the other 90 per cent gives me a certain reassurance.

Cleary was an Australian writer and novelist. He wrote many books, including a long series of popular detective fiction featuring Sydney Police Inspector Scobie Malone. Some of Cleary’s works have been adapted for film and television.

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Literary Birthday - 21 November - Isaac Bashevis Singer


Happy Birthday, Isaac Bashevis Singer, born 21 November 1902, died 24 July 1991

10 Quotes

  1. When a writer tries to explain too much, he’s out of time before he begins.
  2. Actually, the true story of a person’s life can never be written. It is beyond the power of literature. The full tale of any life would be both utterly boring and utterly unbelievable.
  3. Kindness, I’ve discovered, is everything in life.
  4. The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual - when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions - it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
  5. The storyteller and poet of our time, as in any other time, must be an entertainer of the spirit in the full sense of the word, not just a preacher of social or political ideals. There is no paradise for bored readers and no excuse for tedious literature that does not intrigue the reader, uplift him, give him the joy and the escape that true art always grants. 
  6. When I was a little boy, they called me a liar, but now that I am grown up, they call me a writer. 
  7. Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper.
  8. A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is - full of surprises.
  9. Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man’s thinking or his writing.
  10. The waste-paper basket is the writer’s best friend.

Singer was a Polish-born Jewish-American author. He was a leading figure in the Yiddish literary movement and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1978. He won two US National Book Awards.

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Literary Birthday - 20 November - Orlando Figes

Happy Birthday, Orlando Figes, born 20 November 1959

Five Quotes

  1. The link between literacy and revolutions is a well-known historical phenomenon. The three great revolutions of modern European history — the English, the French and the Russian — all took place in societies where the rate of literacy was approaching 50 per cent.
  2. Nowhere [more than Russia] has the artist been more burdened with the task of moral leadership and national prophecy, nor more feared and persecuted by the state.
  3. Literacy had a profound effect on the peasant mind and community. It promotes abstract thought and enables the peasant to master new skills and technologies, Which in turn helps him to accept the concept of progress that fuels change in the modern world.
  4. For all too many of these high-born revolutionaries, the main attraction of ‘the cause’ lay not so much in the satisfaction which they might derive from seeing the people’s daily lives improved, as in their own romantic search for sense of ‘wholeness’ which might give higher meaning to their lives and to end alienation from the world.
  5. We think of the revolution as an isolated event, a violent struggle for power. But as the Bolsheviks understood, the real struggle is the mental one, played out in schoolrooms, apartments and back yards.

Figes  is an award-winning  British historian and writer. He is known for his works on Russian history, including A People's Tragedy, Natasha’s Dance, The Whisperers, and Just Send Me Word.

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