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Donna Tartt

American,  Novelist
Total Quotes : 26
Believe I Believe In Been

I believe, in a funny way, the job of the novelist is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for an experience that has not really been spoken for.

- Donna Tartt

Away Very Truths

But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard, ugly truths about life that are important to know.

- Donna Tartt

Love Children Secrecy

Children love secret club houses. They love secrecy even when there's no need for secrecy.

- Donna Tartt

Life Expect About

Everything takes me longer than I expect. It's the sad truth about life.

- Donna Tartt

Always Been Telling

I'm not sure whay I've been drawn to this subject, except that murder is a subject that has always drawn people for as long as people have been telling stories.

- Donna Tartt

Studying Classics About

The novel is about five students of classics who are studying with a classics professor, and they take the ideas of the things that they're learning from him a bit too seriously, with terrible consequences.

- Donna Tartt

Think Other Like

Children - if you think back really what it was like to be a child and what it was like to know other children - children lie all the time.

- Donna Tartt

Innocence Think I Think

I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence.

- Donna Tartt

Innocence Think I Think

I think innocence is something that adults project upon children that's not really there.

- Donna Tartt

Use Different Characters

The Little Friend is a long book. It's also completely different from my first novel: different landscape, different characters, different use of language and diction, different approach to story.

- Donna Tartt

Will Other Comments

It's hard for me to show work while I'm writing, because other people's comments will influence what happens.

- Donna Tartt

Character Me Fiction

Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.

- Donna Tartt

Color Invent Embellish

The job of the novelist is to invent: to embroider, to color, to embellish, to make things up.

- Donna Tartt

Work Very About

I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell, an American writer whose work I admire very much.

- Donna Tartt

Work Solitude Really

I really do work in solitude.

- Donna Tartt

Concrete Concentrating

When I'm writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail: the color a room is painted, the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain.

- Donna Tartt

Think Always I Think

Well, I think storytellers have always found murder a fascinating device.

- Donna Tartt

Think Large Centered

To really be centered and to really work well and to think about the kinds of things that I need to think about, I need to spend large amounts of time alone.

- Donna Tartt

Over Very Period

In order for a long piece of work to engage a novelist over an extended period of time, it has to deal with questions that you find very important, that you're trying to work out.

- Donna Tartt

Love Alive Minor

I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive.

- Donna Tartt