Literary Birthday – 22 April – Paula Fox

Paula Fox was born 22 April 1923 and died 1 March 2017.


  1. A lie hides the truth. A story tries to find it.
  2. When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child’s hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an awakener.
  3. A good novel begins with a small question and ends with a bigger one.
  4. The minute you become conscious that you are doing good, that’s the minute you have to stop because from then on it’s wrong.
  5. Life is all getting used to what you’re not used to.
  6. I have a painter’s memory. I can remember things from my childhood which were so powerfully imprinted on me, the whole scene comes back.
  7. Teachers inspire the smallest hearts to grow big enough to change the world.
  8. Imagination has to do with one’s awareness of the reality of other people as well as of one’s own reality. Imagination is a bridge between the provincialism of the self and the great world.
  9. To be human is to be in a story.
  10. Literature is the province of imagination, and stories, in whatever guise, are meditations on life.

Paula Fox was an American author of novels for adults and children. She also wrote two memoirs. She won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1978, the highest international recognition for a creator of children’s books. She also won several awards for children’s books, including the 1974 Newbery Medal for her novel The Slave Dancer.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 21st April 2020