Irwin Shaw - Quotes

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A good editor understands what you're talking and writing about and doesn't meddle too much. ---->>>

My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have.

My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have to read all my books to find out how they have.

A writer has to live with a sense of honor. ---->>>

In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices. ---->>>

There are too many books I haven't read, too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I haven't kept long enough. ---->>>

I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal. ---->>>

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the writer an acceptable public figure; obviously, he was no sissy. ---->>>

I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young. ---->>>

Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got invited to the White House. ---->>>

No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it, even if he doesn't get paid. ---->>>

Writing is like a contact sport, like football. You can get hurt, but you enjoy it. ---->>>

In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist. Fitzgerald was the great example of that. ---->>>

People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly. ---->>>

Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life. ---->>>

At the height of the McCarthy period, writers were being hounded. ---->>>

Curiously, the United States is full of writers who have one big work in their life and that's all. ---->>>

I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober. ---->>>

An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself. ---->>>

Posterity makes the judgments. There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody. ---->>>

I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it. ---->>>

If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship. ---->>>

All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good reviews and remember one bad one. ---->>>

I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans. ---->>>

I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written. ---->>>

I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it. ---->>>

In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody. ---->>>

In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75. ---->>>

Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English. Still, he's an American. ---->>>

It's those damn critics again. ---->>>

My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever. ---->>>

My views naturally have mellowed. Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me. ---->>>

The great writers just kept bringing them out. They didn't care if they repeated themselves. ---->>>

The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out. ---->>>

The writer works in a lonely way. ---->>>

Writers of fiction, when they begin, are more likely to try the short form. ---->>>

You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer. ---->>>

A writer is a human being. He has to live with a sense of honor. ---->>>

Every novelist has a different purpose - and often several purposes which might even be contradictory. ---->>>

I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself. ---->>>

I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel. What's an unpopular novel? ---->>>

I haven't stuck to any formula. Most great writers stick to the same style, but I wanted to be more various. ---->>>

Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why you should get paid for playing. ---->>>

Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for writers to start out in because the writing quickly falls into a routine and people are likely to find themselves artistically exhausted when they want to work on something of their own. ---->>>

The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer must suffer for his talent. I think a writer is a citizen of humanity, part of his nation, part of his family. He may have to make some compromises. ---->>>

When I started out in the early 1930s, there were a great many magazines that published short stories. Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing. ---->>>

You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 02-27, 1913
Die: 05-16, 1984
Occupation: Novelist

Irwin Shaw (February 27, 1913 – May 16, 1984) was an American playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and short-story author whose written works have sold more than 14 million copies. He is best known for two of his novels: The Young Lions (1948), about the fate of three soldiers during World War II, made into a film of the same name starring Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, and Rich Man, Poor Man (1970), about the fate of three siblings after World War II, that was made into a popular miniseries starring Nick Nolte (wikipedia)