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Irwin Shaw
February 27, 1913 - May 16, 1984
Nationality: American
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: American Novelist

A writer is a human being. He has to live with a sense of honor.


Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why you should get paid for playing.


Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.


The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises.


When I started out in the early 1930s, there were a great many magazines that published short stories. Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing.


I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal.


People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.


The writer works in a lonely way.


I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel?


I haven't stuck to any formula. Most great writers stick to the same style, but I wanted to be more various.


I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written.


You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer.


A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much.


Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House.


The great writers just kept bringing them out. They didn't care if they repeated themselves.


If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.


I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it.


My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have.


Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.


Curiously, the United States is full of writers who have one big work in their life and that's all.


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