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

The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out.


In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75.


I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it.


All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one.


No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesn't get paid.


Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.


There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough.


In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody.


Every novelist has a different purpose - and often several purposes which might even be contradictory.


A writer has to live with a sense of honor.


In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.


My views naturally have mellowed. Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me.


It's those damn critics again.


At the height of the McCarthy period, writers were being hounded.


Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English. Still, he's an American.


Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for writers to start out in because the writing quickly falls into a routine and people are likely to find themselves artistically exhausted when they want to work on something of their own.


I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young.


In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist. Fitzgerald was the great example of that.


You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish.


Writers of fiction, when they begin, are more likely to try the short form.


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