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…If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water…Toni Morrison QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

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I never asked Tolstoy to write for me, a little colored girl in Lorain, Ohio. I never asked (James) Joyce not to mention Catholicism or the world of Dublin. Never. And I don’t know why I should be asked to explain your life to you. We have splendid writers to do that, but I am not one of them. It is that business of being universal, a word hopelessly stripped of meaning for me. Faulkner wrote what I suppose could be called regional literature and had it published all over the world. That’s what I wish to do. If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water. Behind this question is the suggestion that to write for black people is somehow to diminish the writing. From my perspective there are only black people. When I say ‘people,’ that’s what I mean.
Toni Morrison

2 comments on “…If I tried to write a universal novel, it would be water…Toni Morrison QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  1. robbiesinspiration
    June 3, 2018

    A most interesting quote.

  2. bridget whelan
    June 3, 2018

    Agree. And an insight into the kind of criticism she has had to deal with over the years.

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