Literary Birthday – 1 January – Gina Berriault

Gina Berriault was born 1 January 1926 and died 15 July 1999.


  1. Short stories and some short novels are close to poetry–with the fewest words they capture the essence of a situation, of a human being. It’s like trying to pin down the eternal moment.
  2. One thing I’d do was put a great writer’s book beside the typewriter and… type out a beautiful and moving paragraph… and see those sentences rising up… and… think, ‘Someday maybe I can write like that….’ It was like a dream of possibilities for my own self. And maybe I began to know that there was no other way for the sentence… to… arouse the same feeling. The someone writing whose words were rising from the typewriter became like a mentor for me…. You shouldn’t do it more than a few times because you must get on with your own work.
  3. It’s over me like a ton of water, the things I don’t know.

Gina Berriault was an American novelist and short story writer. Berriault published four novels and three collections of short stories, including Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories (1996), which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award. She also received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill Fellowship, a Commonwealth Gold Medal for Literature, the Pushcart Prize and several O’Henry prizes.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 31st December 2020