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E. L. Konigsburg

American,  Writer
Total Quotes : 13
Children World Liked

After I won the Newbery Medal for 'From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,' children all over the world let me know that they liked books that take them to unusual places where they meet unusual people.

- E. L. Konigsburg

Art Need Visceral

Art comes from a visceral need and is usually generated by something I have seen; writing comes from something that happens in my head and my heart.

- E. L. Konigsburg

Small Possibilities Other

Growing up in a small town gives you two things: a sense of place and a feeling of self-consciousness - self-consciousness about one's education and exposure, both of which tend to be limited. On the other hand, limited possibilities also mean creating your own options.

- E. L. Konigsburg

Some Going I Write

Characters are so important to a story that they actually decide where the story is going. When I write, I know my characters. I know how things are going to end, and I know some important incidents along the way.

- E. L. Konigsburg

Ideas Been Read

I get ideas for my books from people I know and what happens to them, from places I've been and what happens to me, and from things I read.

- E. L. Konigsburg

Asking About I Write

The essential problems remain the same... The kids I write about are asking for the same things I wanted. They want two contradictory things. They want to be the same as everyone else, and they want to be different from everyone else. They want acceptance for both.

- E. L. Konigsburg

Believe I Think Before

I think it's important to experience kindness so that you can experience it more in the future. I believe that patterns of emotional behavior are set down before adolescence. And I think that if you have not observed kindness, you will not recognize it. You have to experience kindness in order to be kind.

- E. L. Konigsburg

Think Question I Think

I think most of us are outsiders. And I think that's good because it makes you question things.

- E. L. Konigsburg

College Small Away

I was the first one in my family to go away to college. I came from a small town where there was no guidance in the high school at all. It was a mill town, and I never knew anyone who made their living from the arts. When you did go away to college, you went away to be something - an engineer, or a teacher, or a chemist.

- E. L. Konigsburg

College Private Became

When I was in college at Carnegie Mellon, I wanted to be a chemist. So I became one. I worked in a laboratory and went to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. Then I taught science at a private girls' school. I had three children and waited until all three were in school before I started writing.

- E. L. Konigsburg

City Small Half

I was born in New York City. But my family moved when I was still an infant. Except for a year and half when we lived in Youngstown, Ohio, I grew up in small towns in Pennsylvania. I graduated from high school in Farrell, Pennsylvania.

- E. L. Konigsburg

Like Saturday Meets

Readers let me know that they like books that have more to them than meets the eye. Had they not let me know that, I never would have written 'The View From Saturday.'

- E. L. Konigsburg

Luck Thought Submit

When I began writing in the mid-1960s, I thought it was not important for readers to know whether I was male or female. Also, I was a great admirer of E.B. White, so I may have thought that it would bring me luck to submit my first manuscript as 'E.L.' But if I were starting out today, I would use my first name.

- E. L. Konigsburg