Monday, 11 February 2008

somerset maugham

The novelist is at the mercy of his bias. The subject he chooses, the characters he invents and his attitude towards them are conditioned by it. Whatever he writes is the expression of his personality and it is the manifestation of his innate instincts, his feeling and his experience. However hard he tries to be objective, he remains the slave of his idiosyncracies. however hard he tries to be impartial, he cannot help taking sides. He loads his dice.

from The Art of Fiction

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