John C. Hawkes

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Born Monday 17 August 1925, died Friday 15 May 1998

Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: American

When I started writing fiction, I knew how good it was immediately.

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I used to carry about with me a German map-case filled with poems.

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It's hard to tell whether the ship or airplane - they're all the same, I'm convinced - is male or female; it may shift back and forth.

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To be anywhere near an enormous ocean liner when you are just like a fish in the water is frightening.

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I'm only interested in fiction that in some way or other voices the very imagination which is conceiving it.

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I do not feel an exile from America in any sense.

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The only thing that exists is torment, lyricism, and the magnificence of language.

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As in The Lime Twig dream and illusion are right at the center of Charivari.

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In The Lime Twig I took two very young people and made them very old.

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I didn't know what kind of jobs, because how was I prepared? At best, I would be an AB in English.

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I didn't for a moment doubt the choice, but if life is ever fearsome, it is truly fearsome then.

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On the night before we were married, all of the anxiety in the world came down upon me.

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I want prose fiction to be recognized as that, and I'm not interested in writing as it becomes more personal.

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I was not typical. Whatever typical or normal is, I was somehow separated and different.

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Really, I didn't like Alaska. It rained, almost every day, at least 300 days out of the year.

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When we lived in Juneau, Alaska, it was a town of about 7,000 people, and totally isolated; the only way to get to it was by ship.

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I remember my mother finding mud somehow and putting it on the sting.

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My mother wanted very much to play tennis; she wanted, most of all, to be a singer and play the piano.

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My father's parents were Irish. Only a year before my father died, he and I went back to Ireland for a week to look at the old homestead.

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I had to go to Sunday school once or twice in my life, and that's where I commented someplace on hearing.

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