A novelist should not be too intelligent either, although . . . he may be permitted to be an intellectual.
Anthony Burgess (1917 - 1994)
Source: You've Had Your Time, ch. 2, 1990.
Contributed by: Zaady
Novelists are perhaps the last people in the world to be entrusted with opinions. The nature of a novel is that it has no opinions, only the dialectic of contrary views, some of which, all of which, may be untenable and even silly.
The possession of a book becomes a substitute for reading it.
Source: New York Times Book Review
The trouble began with Forster. After him it was considered ungentlemanly to write more than five or six novels.
Source: Guardian, London, 24 February 1989.
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don't want it.
Source: Face, London, December 1984.
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