„Yes, well I had all my serious illnesses in late middle age. And now I'm just stuck, I'm afraid.“

—  V. S. Pritchett, 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. 265<!-- Random House, ] -->
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écrivain britannique 1900 - 1997

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