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Graham Greene on why short stories are perfect and novels aren’t – QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

pages_of_a_bookWith a novel, which takes perhaps years to write, the author is not the same man he was at the end of the book as he was at the beginning. It is not only that his characters have developed—he has developed with them, and this nearly always gives a sense of roughness to the work: a novel can seldom have the sense of perfection which you find in Chekhov’s story, The Lady with the Dog.
Graham Greene

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One comment on “Graham Greene on why short stories are perfect and novels aren’t – QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  1. Karen DeMers Dowdall
    May 22, 2016

    Yes, short stories tell a tale quite nicely and I do agree that we change with time and so do our novels by the time the last word is written. This explains why my last novel had a completely different ending than I originally planned. Great post. Thank you, Karen 🙂

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