V. S. Pritchett was born 16 December 1900 and died 20 March 1997
- Writing enlarges the landscape of the mind.
- I have always thought that life and literature are intermingled and that this intermingling has been my quest.
- The profoundly humorous writers are humorous because they are responsive to the hopeless, uncouth, concatenations of life.
- It’s all in the art. You get no credit for living.
- I had no other way of starting. I think the experience is indispensable. I know writers who have never touched journalism, but they have private means. A creative writer is better formed by himself than by institutions. But it is a risk; one has to be certain and prove oneself. So, I don’t regret having been a journalist. I think it was a good apprenticeship.
- The Canadian spirit is cautious, observant and critical where the American is assertive.
- The short story appealed to me straight away because of its shortness, and I preferred it to the novel. It represents a certain vision of reality that consists of isolating the incident. The great thing about the short story is the detail, not the plot.
- Dialogue is my form of poetry. I can’t write poetry to save my life. Dialogue is the nearest I can come to the poetic.
- On short stories: something glimpsed from the corner of the eye, in passing.
V. S. Pritchett was a British writer and literary critic. He is known for his short stories, and his non-fiction works, the memoirs A Cab at the Door and Midnight Oil, and his many collections of essays on literary biography and criticism.
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