L.P. Hartley

Literary Birthday – 30 December – L.P. Hartley

L.P. Hartley was born 30 December 1895, and died 13 December 1972.

Five Quotes

  1. The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
  2. Even the most impassioned devotee of the ghost story would admit that the taste for it is slightly abnormal, a survival, perhaps, from adolescence, a disease of deficiency suffered by those whose lives and imaginations do not react satisfactorily to normal experience and require an extra thrill.
  3. It’s better to write about things you feel than about things you know about.
  4. Mr. Scott Fitzgerald deserves a good shaking. Here is an unmistakable talent unashamed of making itself a motley to the view. The Great Gatsby is an absurd story, whether considered as romance, melodrama, or plain record of New York high life.
  5. What does it matter to anyone what I was like, then or now? But every man is important to himself at one time or another.

L.P. Hartley was a British novelist and short story writer. His best-known novels are the Eustace and Hilda trilogy and The Go-Between.

Source for Image


Lady Ottoline Morrell, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Source for quotes

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 30th December 2013