Quote of the Day | 131211

His own contribution to modernism was to recognise the presumptive reality in a simple declarative sentence. From that he devised the writing strategies he would follow for life: when composing a story, withhold mention of its ruling circumstance. When writing a novel, implant it in geography and know what time it is on every page. When writing anything, construct the sentences so as to produce an emotion not by claiming it but by rendering precisely the experience to cause it. By these means he made what he called “true sentences” and became the most influential writer of his generation.

E.L. Doctorow, ‘Fifty years on from Ernest Hemingway’s death’

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