Literary Birthday – 17 January – Robert Cormier

Robert Cormier was born 17 January 1925, and died 2 November 2000.


  1. The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better, find the exact word, the apt phrase, the leaping simile.
  2. It’s amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks.
  3. My dream was to be known as a writer and to be able to produce at least one book that would be read by people. That dream came true with the publication of my first novel – and all the rest has been a sweet bonus.
  4. People throw the word love around like confetti when they actually mean affection.
  5. I take real people and put them in extraordinary situations.
  6. At some point in life, we learn our limitations, the distances we can we can travel and the borders we will never cross. And we go from there.
  7. Writing, even though it’s hard work, is really a joy when you get these characters to come alive.
  8. He was intrigued by the power of words, not the literary words that filled the books in the library but the sharp, staccato words that went into the writing of news stories. Words that went for the jugular. Active verbs that danced and raced on the page.
  9. I’m always telling myself as I write that I’m not really writing a novel; I’m just going to fool around with a character or an idea.
  10. I read a lot of detective stories because they always deliver. They give you a beginning, a middle, and an end – a resolution. The modern novels I read don’t always deliver because I’m looking essentially for a story… In particular I read detective stories for pacing, plot and suspense.

Robert Cormier was an American author, columnist, and reporter. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese, We All Fall Down, and The Chocolate War, which became one of the most frequently banned books in America. His books deal with issues like abuse, mental illness, violence, revenge, and betrayal.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 17th January 2015