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

The middlebrow, I hate.


I've been writing about James Fenimore Cooper. He was not a writer. Here was a man who was 30 years old and had never put anything more than his signature on paper.


I liked Camille Paglia. I liked her even better when I heard her talk.


Critics? How do they happen? I know how it happened to me. I would send a poem or story to a magazine and they would say this doesn't suit our needs precisely but on the other hand you sound interesting. Would you be interested in doing a review?


Of the female black authors, I really like Morrison's early books a lot. But she's really become so much a clone of Faulkner. He did it better.


Raymond Carver is good. I think he'll be appreciated more and more. He's an easy writer to imitate.


The novel is the first art form that is an honest-to-god commodity. That's what makes it different from both high art and folk art.


I think the pattern of my essays is, A funny thing happened to me on my way through Finnegans Wake.


Gertrude Stein really thought of Hemingway as frail. He almost married Stein.


Anybody in the next centuries wanting to know what it was like to be a poet in the middle of the 20th century should read Kaddish.


I've had a tough time with Pynchon. I liked him very much when I first read him. I liked him less with each book. He got denser and more complex in a way that didn't really pay off.


My assignment is what every writer's assignment is: tell the truth of his own time.


It's funny to be a critic.


Faulkner sat in our living room and read from Light in August. That was incredible.


If there's one thing I can't stand, it's somebody doing something because I pushed them in that direction.


Saul Bellow never took my advice when he was my friend.


I love it now that a large minority of people who are handicapped prefer to call themselves crippled. This is all part of the game, like queer theory.


I used to be fond of Indian arm wrestling.


Writers always know whether you like them or not.


There are things in American culture that want to wipe the class distinction. Blue jeans. Ready-made clothes. Coca-Cola.


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