Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Art of Fiction No. 21

Ernest Hemingway, interviewed by George Plimpton, in the The Paris Review, Issue 18, Spring 1958.

"Many times during the making of this interview he stressed that the craft of writing should not be tampered with by an excess of scrutiny—'that though there is one part of writing that is solid and you do it no harm by talking about it, the other is fragile, and if you talk about it, the structure cracks and you have nothing.'"

See Hemingway, "The Killers", in Gateway to the Great Books (10 Vol., 1963) volume 2, and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber", in Great Books of the Western World (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 60.

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