Annie Dillard

Rating: 4.67
Rating: 4.67

Annie Dillard Poems

1.
Mayakovsky In New York: A Found Poem

New York: You take a train that rips through versts.
It feels as if the trains were running over your ears.

For many hours the train flies along the banks
...

Annie Dillard Quotes

11 November 2014

Cruelty is a mystery, and the waste of pain. But if we describe a word to compass these things, a world that is a long, brute game, then we bump against another mystery: the inrush of power and delight, the canary that sings on the skull.

11 November 2014

No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing.... The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?

11 November 2014

Write about winter in the summer. Describe Norway as Ibsen did, from a desk in Italy; describe Dublin as James Joyce did, from a desk in Paris. Willa Cather wrote her prairie novels in New York City; Mark Twain wrote Huckleberry Finn in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently, scholars learned that Walt Whitman rarely left his room.

11 November 2014

People love pretty much the same things best. A writer looking for subject inquires not after what he loves best, but after what he alone loves at all.

11 November 2014

I do not so much write a book as sit up with it, as with a dying friend.

Annie Dillard Comments

Brad Page 30 July 2019

We came together in a North Carolina forest, I foraging my solitude among the second-growth trees and ridges of Pisgah and Nantahala. For three days I read " Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" . The book never left my presence for 45 years. Never will.

1 0 Reply

Annie Dillard Popularity

Annie Dillard Biography

Annie Dillard (born April 30, 1945) is an American author, best known for her narrative prose in both fiction and non-fiction. She has published works of poetry, essays, prose, and literary criticism, as well as two novels and one memoir. Her 1974 work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek won the 1974 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Dillard taught for 21 ...

Annie Dillard Popularity