Malcolm Cowley was born 24 August 1898 and died 27 March 1989.
- They tell you that you’ll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don’t tell you is that you won’t miss it very much.
- The germ of a story is a new and simple element introduced into an existing situation or mood.
- Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you
- Be kind and considerate with your criticism… It’s just as hard to write a bad book as it is to write a good book.
- In matters like writing and painting, a man does what he has to do – if he has to write, why then, he writes; and if he doesn’t feel the urgent need of writing, there are dozens of professions in which it is easier to earn a comfortable living.
- Authors are sometimes like tomcats: They distrust all the other toms but they are kind to kittens.
- Any fiction should be a story. In any story there are three elements: persons, a situation, and the fact that in the end something has changed. If nothing has changed, it isn’t a story.
Malcolm Cowley was an American novelist, poet, literary critic, and journalist.
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