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Friday, January 9, 2015

Writing Quote: The First Novel as a Book of Discovery

Usually the first novel of a young writer is a book of discovery. From his meager experience, accentuated by his youth, comes a knowledge so new and startling and so wonderful that its pain is almost beyond bearing. Mellow, many-faceted understanding is not for now; understanding is the hard reward of decades of summers. Youth's knowledge, youth's discoveries, are as sure as an April dawn. [This man was a great writer but a bit of a mental case.]

Thomas Wolfe in Wolfe by Richard Walser, 1961 

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