Simon Raven was born 28 December 1927 and died 12 May 2001
- Art for art’s sake, money for God’s sake.
- Gentlemen can now only behave as such, or be tolerated as such, in circumstances that are manifestly contrived or unreal.
- Since life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better.
- We aren’t here for long, and when we do go, that’s that. Finish. So, for God’s sake, enjoy yourself now – and sod anyone who tries to stop you. (via)
- I arrange words in pleasing patterns in order to make money . . . I try to be neat, intelligent and lucid; let others be ‘creative’ or ‘inspired’. (via)
- I’ve always written for a small audience of people like myself, who are well-educated, worldly, sceptical and snobbish (meaning that they rank good taste over bad). (via)
Simon Raven was an English novelist, essayist, and dramatist. He was a raconteur who caused controversy, amusement, and offence in his writing career of 40 years. He wrote 25 novels, including Alms for Oblivion, a 10-volume saga of English upper-class life, numerous screenplays, eight volumes of essays, and memoirs, including Shadows On The Grass – ‘the filthiest book on cricket ever written,’ according to EW Swanton.
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