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Leslie Fiedler
March 8, 1917 - January 29, 2003
Nationality: American
Category: Critic
Subcategory: American Critic

Cooper wrote a novel which is absolutely indistinguishable from Austen, completely from a female point of view, completely English, no sense that he was an American.


When all of us are forgotten, people will still be remembering Stephen King.


When I was 12 years old, someone took me to see Martha Graham. It was nothing like what I thought of as serious dancing and even then I knew I was having a great experience. It was as if somebody was moving through space like no one ever did before.


The novel doesn't come into existence until certain methods of reproducing fiction come along.


The reason Saul Bellow doesn't talk to me anymore is because he knows his new novels are not worth reading.


I have, I admit, a low tolerance for detached chronicling and cool analysis.


One more recent novelist to come along is Cormac McCarthy. Him, I like.


The novel is always pop art, and the novel is always dying. That's the only way it stays alive. It does really die. I've been thinking about that a lot.


Henry Miller wrote novels, but he calls his protagonist Henry, often Henry Miller, and his books are in this gray area between memoir and novel.


I gave up writing blurbs because you make one friend and 200 enemies.


I long for the raised voice, the howl of rage or love.


When somebody asks me what I do, I don't think I'd say critic. I say writer.


All good criticism should be judged the way art is. You shouldn't read it the way you read history or science.


It's so wrong when I pick up a new edition of Huckleberry Finn and I look at the last page and it doesn't say, Yours truly, at the end.


The black situation has changed. They finally realized they're Americans.


I think Henry Miller has had huge influence not because he wrote about sex, but because the memoir or the nonfiction novel has become such a monumental force in American publishing, if not in literature.


I never met anybody in my life who says, I want to be a critic. People want to be a fireman, poet, novelist.


Jane Austen is at the end of the line that begins with Samuel Richardson, which takes wonder and magic out of the novel, treats not the past but the present.


What I really dream of is that somebody would blow everything I've done out of the water in a beautiful way, which would clear the way for something better to come along.


Faulkner turned out to be a great teacher. When a student asked a question ineptly, he answered the question with what the student had really wanted to know.


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