Happy Birthday, Richard Howard, born 13 October 1929
- Folly is so human that it has common roots with poetry and tragedy; it is revealed as much in the insane asylum as in the writings of a Cervantes or a Shakespeare, or in the deep psychological insights and cries of revolt of a Nietzsche.
- I hope that my mannerism doesn’t get in the way of my matter. I’m a fancy writer. One writes the way one has to, but I think in recent year... the manner of my prose has simplified and become a little stronger and more direct, and I’m please with that.
- History and high culture were indeed my real home, and I found them right there in our house—in the library which became, indeed, my precocious playroom. Reading was an interior exile, so that I didn’t have to look away from home, as you put it, just further in.
- Give your teachers the respect they deserve, because they are the ones who can help you get where you need to go.
- What I want to enforce on these children is what it takes to get this job, which is education.
- I must acknowledge an interest, or rather a dismay, in discussing this ‘family memoir’, for from experience and observation I have come to regard the American Nuclear Family in the last 50 years as the enemy of individual determination, of personal autonomy—in short, as a disease.
- I know I’m a readier writer now than I was 20 years ago. The process of confronting a new poem from the beginning is not quite so arduous. It seems to come with a certain sense of 'I’ve been here, I know what I’m going to do'.
Howard is an American poet, literary critic, essayist, teacher, and translator.
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