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John Steinbeck on the Art of Writing

The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world John Steinbeck

In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable John Steinbeck

Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them John Steinbeck

The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness John Steinbeck

Literature is as old as speech It grew out of the human need for it and it has not changed except to become more needed John Steinbeck

Learn more about John Steinbeck and his classic novel The Grapes of Wrath--part of the Big Read library--at


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