Literary criticism sayings

Page 2
◆ If you show someone something you've written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, ‘When you're ready'.
- David Mitchell99
◆ In theory it was, around now, Literature. Susan hated Literature. She'd much prefer to read a good book.
- Terry Pratchett99
◆ Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I'll waste no time reading it.
- Moses Hadas99
◆ A certain critic -- for such men, I regret to say, do exist -- made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained 'all the old Wodehouse characters under different names.' He has probably by now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elisha: but if he still survives he will not be able to make a similar charge against Summer Lightning. With my superior intelligence, I have out-generalled the man this time by putting in all the old Wodehouse characters under the same names. Pretty silly it will make him feel, I rather fancy.
- P.G. Wodehouse99
◆ Beware of the man who denounces woman writers; his penis is tiny and he cannot spell.
- Erica Jong99
◆ But there is in everything a reasonable division of labour. I have written the book, and nothing on earth would induce me to read it.
- G.K. Chesterton99
◆ I would rather be attacked than unnoticed. For the worst thing you can do to an author is to be silent as to his works.
- Samuel Johnson99
◆ Dismissing fantasy writing because some of it is bad is exactly like saying I'm not reading Jane Eyre because it is a romance and I know romance is crap.
- China Miéville99
◆ You never push a noun against a verb without trying to blow up something.
- H.L. Mencken99
◆ Everywhere I go, I am asked if I think university stifles writers. My opinion is that it doesn't stifle enough of them.
- Flannery O'Connor99
◆ Attacking bad books is not only a waste of time but also bad for the character. If I find a book really bad, the only interest I can derive from writing about it has to come from myself, from such display of intelligence, wit and malice as I can contrive. One cannot review a bad book without showing off.
- W.H. Auden99
◆ Nobody is capable of of free speech unless he knows how to use language, and such knowledge is not a gift: it has to learned and worked at. [p.93]
- Northrop Frye99
◆ Tolkien, who created this marvellous vehicle, doesn't go anywhere in it. He just sits where he is. What I mean by that is that he always seems to be looking backwards, to a greater and more golden past; and what's more he doesn't allow girls or women any important part in the story at all. Life is bigger and more interesting than The Lord of the Rings thinks it is.
- Philip Pullman99
◆ I know that an author must be brave enough to chop away clinging tentacles of good taste for the sake of a great work. But this is no great work, you see.
- Dorothy Parker99
◆ For a while, Criticism travels side by side with the Work, then Criticism vanishes and it's the Readers who keep pace. The journey may be long or short. Then the Readers die one by one and the Work continues on alone, although a new Criticism and new Readers gradually fall into step with it along its path. Then Criticism dies again and the Readers die again and the Work passes over a trail of bones on its journey toward solitude. To come near the work, to sail in her wake, is a sign of certain death, but new Criticism and new Readers approach her tirelessly and relentlessly and are devoured by time and speed. Finally the Work journeys irremediably alone in the Great Vastness. And one day the Work dies, as all things must die and come to an end: the Sun and the Earth and the Solar System and the Galaxy and the farthest reaches of man's memory. Everything that begins as comedy ends in tragedy.
- Roberto Bola?o99

Page description:

Literary criticism sayings, classical sentences sayings about literary criticism, sayings for literary criticism words, the best literary criticism sayings collection, motivational quotations on literary criticism.

© Quotes are the property of their respective owners, reproduced here for educational and informational purposes, and is provided at no charge.