Re: RARA-AVIS: Recent readings...

Date: 01 Jul 2005

Dennis wrote:

"I believe it was Andre Gide who said, more or less, a writer must imitate when he or she starts or he will never find his own voice.
(Although it can be overdone to the point of destroying his own talent.)"

Jean Cocteau wrote something similar, that all artists start out by imitating others, but can never get it quite right (for instance Borges's Pierre Menard trying to write Don Quixote) and that it is through following up on these "screw ups" that the artist develops his or her own style.


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