Good writers are monotonous, like good composers. They keep trying to perfect the one problem they were born to understand.
Alberto Moravia (born November 28, 1907) was the pseudonym of Alberto Pincherle, a novelist and short story writer who made a profound impact on 20th-century Italian literature. Themes of isolation, alienation, and emotional emptiness pervade his work, which includes Time of Indifference, Two Adolescents, The Woman of Rome, and The Conformist.
It is my belief that books are living things…. And as living things, they need to be protected.
Holly Black (born November 10, 1971) is a bestselling author of fantasy fiction for children and teens, including the Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, and the Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi). In 2008, the Spiderwick Chronicles was adapted into a film.
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The creative adult is the child who has survived.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
Happy birthday, Ursula K. Le Guin! The acclaimed American author went to high school with one of her biggest writing influences, Philip K. Dick—though the two didn’t know each other then. Years later, they would both be inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Surprising what you can dig out of books if you read long enough, isn’t it?
James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (born October 17, 1948) had a thing for pen names. He’s best known as Robert Jordan, creator of The Wheel of Time epic fantasy series, but he wrote westerns as Jackson O’Reilly, historical fiction as Reagan O’Neal, dance criticism as Chang Lung, and at least one thriller under a never-revealed name.
Love isn’t an act, it’s a whole life.
Irish-Canadian novelist Brian Moore (born August 25, 1921) left school after failing his senior exams. Despite the educational setback, he went on to become an internationally acclaimed writer, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the few genuine masters of the contemporary novel.”
When will you learn that there isn’t a word for everything?
Happy birthday, Nicole Krauss! After studying writing at Stanford and Oxford, Nicole Krauss published her first book, Man Walks Into a Room, in 2002. The novel was critically acclaimed and movie rights have since been optioned by Richard Gere.
Maybe some people just aren’t meant to be in our lives forever. Maybe some people are just passing through. It’s like some people just come through our lives to bring us something: a gift, a blessing, a lesson we need to learn. And that’s why they’re here. You’ll have that gift forever.
Happy birthday, Danielle Steele! The world-famous novelist didn’t always want to be a writer—as a child, growing up Catholic with frequent trips to France, she dreamed of becoming a nun.
I loved her against reason, against promise, against peace, against hope, against happiness, against all discouragement that could be.
August 3, 1861: The last installment of Great Expectations was published 154 years ago today. When Charles Dickens first came up with the premise for the novel, he referred to it as “a very fine, new and grotesque idea.”