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Author QuotedWilliam Saroyan
Title QuotedDaring Young Man on the Flying Trapese and Other Stories
Date (Year/Month/Day)1939/12/17
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1934
QuotationTo tell the class: important what a writer's attitude towards life is. Cf. the Preface to Daring Young Man, which I will probably read to them. If a man writes remembering we must all, at some time or other, die, it is very important. It will greatly affect the way he writes. This is a much better formulation of the problem than T. S. Eliot's way of putting it in terms of original sin.
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. 108
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