Literary Birthday – 8 January – Robert Littell

Happy Birthday, Robert Littell, born 8 January 1935.


  1. I am a bookworm. For play, I bury myself in the corners of libraries and read.
  2. The difference between an amateur and a professional… a professional believes if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well. An amateur believes if a job is worth doing, it very well may be worth doing badly.
  3. Fill your pages with details. Work hard to get the right word.
  4. When people ask me if I have worked for the C.I.A., I often answer: what good to you is my answer? Because if I did, I might not say so.
  5. Mark Twain said, ‘The right word is to the nearly right word as lightning is to the lightning bug.’ Fill your book with lightning.

Robert Littell is an American novelist and former journalist who worked for Newsweek during the Cold War. He specialises in spy novels that often concern the CIA and the Soviet Union. His works of fiction include The Company and Legends.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 8th January 2018