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V. S. Pritchett

Date de naissance: 16. décembre 1900
Date de décès: 20. mars 1997
Autres noms:Sir Victor Sawdon Pritchett

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Victor Sawdon Pritchett est un écrivain et critique littéraire britannique.

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Citations V. S. Pritchett

„All great things, in our time, can only be seen in fragments, by fragmentary people.“

—  V.S. Pritchett
Context: Mass society destroys the things it is told are its inheritance. It is rarely possible to see the Abbey without being surrounded by thousands of tourists from all over the world. Like St. Peter's at Rome, it has been turned into a sinister sort of railway terminal. The aisles are as crowded as the pavements of Oxford Street or the alleys of a large shop, imagination is jostled, awe dispersed, and the mind never at rest. All great things, in our time, can only be seen in fragments, by fragmentary people. Ch. 5, p. 162

„Mass society destroys the things it is told are its inheritance.“

—  V.S. Pritchett
Context: Mass society destroys the things it is told are its inheritance. It is rarely possible to see the Abbey without being surrounded by thousands of tourists from all over the world. Like St. Peter's at Rome, it has been turned into a sinister sort of railway terminal. The aisles are as crowded as the pavements of Oxford Street or the alleys of a large shop, imagination is jostled, awe dispersed, and the mind never at rest. All great things, in our time, can only be seen in fragments, by fragmentary people. Ch. 5, p. 162

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„I found people were telling stories to themselves without knowing it.“

—  V.S. Pritchett
Context: I found people were telling stories to themselves without knowing it. It seemed to me that people were living a sort of small sermon that they believed in, but at the same time it was a fairy tale. Selfish desires, along with one or two highly suspect elevated thoughts. They secretly regard themselves as works of art, valuable in themselves. As quoted in "V.S. Pritchett's Century" (1990) by Martin Amis; later included in Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions (1993) by Martin Amis, p. 272

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„It's very important to feel foreign. I was born in England, but when I'm being a writer, everyone in England is foreign to me.“

—  V.S. Pritchett
Quoted in " How Did I Do That? http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/12/06/specials/pritchett-complete.html" by Deborah Stead, in The New York Times (24 March 1991)

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„Now, practically all reviewers have academic aspirations. The people from the universities are used to a captive audience, but the literary journalist has to please his audience.“

—  V.S. Pritchett
As quoted in "V.S. Pritchett Himself" http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/06/18/specials/theroux-pritchett.html?_r=1&oref=slogin by Paul Theroux in The New York Times (22 May 1977)

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