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Quotations From CATHERINE DRINKER BOWEN


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  • ... research is never completed ... Around the corner lurks another possibility of interview, another book to read, a courthouse to explore, a document to verify.
    Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973), U.S. biographer. Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 4 (1959). Bowen wrote widely read biographies of several famous men, including two lawyers: Oliver Wendell Holmes and John Adams.
  • In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink.
    Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973), U.S. author. Quoted in Publisher's Weekly (New York, March 24, 1958).

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  • There is a marvelous turn and trick to British arrogance; its apparent unconsciousness makes it twice as effectual.
    Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973), U.S. author. Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 14 (1946).
  • If art has a purpose, it is to interpret life, reproduce it in fresh visions.
    Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973), U.S. biographer. Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 10 (1959). Though Bowen was referring to the "art" of writers, she was also a musician, and musicians had been her first biographical subjects.

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  • For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
    Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973), U.S. author. Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 11 (1946).
  • Many a man who has known himself at ten forgets himself utterly between ten and thirty.
    Catherine Drinker Bowen (1897-1973), U.S. author. Friends and Fiddlers, ch. 9 (1934).
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