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Been Nine Slightly

'To Kill a Mockingbird' is really two stories. One is a coming-of-age tale told from the point of view of Scout Finch, a girl of about nine, and her slightly older brother, Jem. The second story concerns their father, attorney Atticus Finch, who has been appointed to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, falsely accused of raping a white woman.

- Charles J. Shields

Year Strength Champions

On the strength of Vonnegut's reputation, 'Breakfast of Champions' spent a year on the best-seller lists, proving that he could indeed publish anything and make money.

- Charles J. Shields

Works Either Literature

All great works of literature either dissolve a genre or invent one.

- Charles J. Shields

Very City Pile

My theory is that Kurt had a lot of residual pain from his childhood. And when you pile that on top of his experience in World War II - he was in Dresden when it was bombed and saw a city annihilated. When you combine those two things, my impression of Kurt Vonnegut at 84 was that he was a very pained and haunted man.

- Charles J. Shields

Field Late Young Adults

In the late 1990s, I left the teaching field to write biographies and histories for young adults.

- Charles J. Shields

Became Kindergarten 1920s

Harper Lee and Truman Capote became friends as next-door neighbors in the late 1920s, when they were about kindergarten age. From the start, they recognized in each other "an apartness," as Capote later expressed it; and both loved reading. When Lee's father gave them an old Underwood typewriter, they began writing original stories together.

- Charles J. Shields

Weeks Quickly Adaptation

'To Kill a Mockingbird' appeared to highly favorable reviews and quickly climbed to the top of bestseller lists, where it remained for more than eighty weeks. In 1961, the novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. A film adaptation was released in 1962, starring Gregory Peck, and received three Academy Awards.

- Charles J. Shields

August Named Bernard

Bernard Vonnegut, named for his paternal grandfather, was born August 29, 1914. He was a serious-looking little boy, even in informal photographs.

- Charles J. Shields

Which Lives Woman

Edith Vonnegut behaved like a guest in her children's lives. To her way of thinking, parenting came under the general heading of household tasks, which, as a wealthy woman, she could pay others to do.

- Charles J. Shields

Business Lighthearted

The first article carrying Vonnegut's byline, 'This Business of Whistle Purchasing,' a lighthearted criticism of a school fund-raiser, was submitted at the urging of his sophomore English teacher.

- Charles J. Shields

Achievement Complexity

If literary terms were about artistic merit and not the rules of convenience, about achievement and not safety, the term 'realism' would be an honorary one, conferred only on work that actually builds unsentimental reality on the page, that matches the complexity of life with an equally rich arrangement in language.

- Charles J. Shields

More Indirect Encourages

There is more to be pondered in the grain and texture of life than traditional fiction allows. The work of essayists is vital precisely because it permits and encourages self-knowledge in a way that is less indirect than fiction, more open and speculative.

- Charles J. Shields

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Mine Solid Break

It's difficult for me to feel that a solid page without the breakups of paragraphs can be interesting. I break mine up perhaps sooner than I should in terms of the usage of the English language.

- A. E. van Vogt

Like Books Cereal

Books have become products, like cereal or perfume or deodorant.

- Alexandra Ripley

Break Becoming Staff

My first break was becoming a staff writer on the rebooted '90210.' And then I got stuck writing in the teen genre for a while.

- Allison Schroeder

Thought My Life Break

At 32, I kind of thought I was past the point where I was gonna get a break that really changed my life overnight.

- Allison Tolman

Some Set Break

I liked in television that you do some work, then you perform, then you stop and you have a break because they have to set up lights, and then you do some more work. I really liked the pace of it; it really agreed with me.

- Allison Tolman

Some Set Break

I liked in television that you do some work, then you perform, then you stop and you have a break because they have to set up lights, and then you do some more work. I really liked the pace of it; it really agreed with me. I enjoyed it.

- Allison Tolman

Read Break Against

When we read dystopia, we root for these people to break free because we are these people; hoping and fighting against things that are bigger than ourselves.

- Ally Condie

Think I Think Break

I think that, as an actor, you have to break out eventually, and if you do it properly, it can be something that's positive.

- Aly Michalka

His Ready Ambitious

Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.

- Ambrose Bierce

Places Ready Shutter

Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.

- Ansel Adams

Always Pull Ready

People are always ready to pull you down.

- Arjun Kapoor

Before Future Ready

The trouble with the future is that it usually arrives before we're ready for it.

- Arnold H. Glasow

Win Ready

I'm ready to win.

- Asafa Powell

Dead Books Ink

A recluse without books and ink is already in life a dead man.

- Alfred Nobel

Books Burn Go

Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail.

- Alfred Whitney Griswold

Been Books Meditation

Meditation has been a loyal friend to me. It has helped me write my books.

- Alice Walker

Read Books Comic Books

But I read comic books. I read things like Richie Rich and Little Lulu.

- Alison Bechdel

Better Books Films

Good dreams are better than films or books.

- Alison Goldfrapp

Need Play Ready

If you want me to play second, I need time to get ready to play second. If you want me to play short, I need time.

- Asdrubal Cabrera

How Die Ready

If you're not ready to die, then how can you live?

- Charles de Lint

Will Books Digital

Cars did not kill off horses. Digital publishing will not kill off books.

- Michael A. Stackpole