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Author QuotedDamon Runyon
Title QuotedDamon Runyon Omnibus
Date (Year/Month/Day)1941/09/01
ImprintNew York : Blue Ribbon Books. 1940
QuotationI read Damon Runyon whom I never, until this, read. He is good because of his style. I laughed more at him today than I did last night. His stories are artificial and stupid and weak. He would be much better without plot: the plot only spoils what he is saying. But in a story like "Blood Pressure," an ending is necessary because a lot of suspense is built up. However the surprise ending is no surprise; it is unimaginative, trite and a let-down. The rest of the story is very funny. There ought to be some way for Damon Runyon to write without those stupid plots to hang such good stuff on!
Quotation SourceRun to the mountain: The Story of a Vocation. The journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 1, 1939-1941.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1995, p. 392
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