Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. (“A Room of One’s Own”)
The study of English has been one of my passions ever since childhood. There’s a body of children’s literature in English far more charming than what exists in French. I loved to read “Alice in Wonderland,” “Peter Pan,” George Eliot, and even Rosamond Lehmann.
Why should we talk about me? Don’t you think I’ve done enough in my three books of memoirs?
The hobbits are just what I should like to have been but never was – an entirely unmilitary people who always came up to scratch in a clinch.
By my own definition, SF is the branch of literature which deals with the response of human beings to changes in the level of science and technology. Over the past two centuries, we have watched our society grow more and more machine made, so to speak; and I assume that in one of our possible […]
I’ve only ever learned things through experience, reading real books or talking to old people.
I don’t read my reviews. I do die inside when readers at book signings say they do not read history books but they like to read mine. Who brags about a lack of intellectual curiosity?
I started out to write a book called “A Portrait of the Artist as a Housewife.” I wanted to write a collection of stories, poems, and vignettes about things like my toaster oven and my relationships with plumbers, mailmen and delivery people. But life dealt me a much more complicated story. On October 21, 1986, […]
My decision to be a writer was largely shaped by my family upbringing. I grew up in a family that had a distinct sense of history. It permeated our entire family structure. Moreover, my parents were teachers, and they went out of their way to see to it that I had books.
I had no schooling whatever while I was a slave, though I remember on several occasions I went as far as the schoolhouse door with one of my young mistresses to carry her books. The picture of several dozen boys and girls in a schoolroom engaged in study made a deep impression upon me, and […]