Author Quotes

Quotes from Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

How to select quotes from Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, when almost every sentence in the book is quotable? It’s a tough choice, indeed.

The 1925 novel whose narrative is built on the inner consciousness of its characters, particularly Clarissa Dalloway, was groundbreaking in its time. Often called “a novel of one day,” it was almost universally praised for its innovative format. One 1925 review stated:

“Mrs. Woolf makes one aware of one’s own mental experiences in a way no other contemporary writer has ever achieved. Her characters appear upon the scenic screen of Clarissa Dalloway’s consciousness in proportion to her personal reaction to them; and then appear again in a swift soul-probing analysis as they really are. Read More→

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Quotes from A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry (1930 – 1965) was an American playwright and author. Presented here is a sampling of quotes from A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry’s most famous work.

Her best-known work, A Raisin in the Sun (1959), was the first play by an African-American woman to be staged on Broadway. And at the age of twenty-nine, Hansberry became the youngest American and the first Black playwright to win the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. 

The play details the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. It follows their struggles to overcome prejudice while staying strong as a family unit. Read More→

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Quotes from My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

My Cousin Rachel is a novel by British author Daphne du Maurier (1907 –  1989), first published in the U.K. in 1951 and in the U.S. in 1952. Echoing du Maurier’s 1938 masterwork Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel is a romantic thriller. Read on for quotes from My Cousin Rachel, which will give you the flavor of this iconic novel.

It’s set primarily on a large estate in Cornwall, England, where du Maurier drew real-life inspiration. She saw a portrait of a woman named Rachel Carew at an estate, and the creative spark was lit. 

Multiple television and film adaptations of this novel have been produced. My Cousin Rachel was adapted into a 1983 BBC miniseries, and as a 2011 radio play, also by the BBC. Most recently, a film adaptation was released in 2017 starring the aptly named Rachel Weisz in the title role. Read More→

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Endearing Quotes by Gabriela Mistral, Latina Nobel Prize Winner

Gabriela Mistral, born Lucila Godoy Alcayaga (April 7, 1889 – January 10, 1957), was a Chilean poet, educator, diplomat, and feminist. Following is a selection of quotes by Gabriela Mistral.

Notably, Mistral was the first Latin American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Vicuña, Chile she was raised in the small Andean village of Montegrande where her family was rather poor.

Though she stopped formally attending school at the age of twelve, she became an educator just three years later. As devoted to her work as a diplomat as she was to her writing, she began writing poetry and using her pen name, Gabriela Mistral.

Her poetry was fueled by heartbreak and wide, varied life experiences. Enjoy a sampling of 9 poems by Gabriela Mistral

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Quotes from My Ántonia, Willa Cather’s Masterpiece

My Ántonia (1918) by American author Willa Cather (1873 – 1947), is considered one of her masterpieces in a body of stellar works. My Ántonia is the last book of her “prairie trilogy” of novels, preceded by O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark.

The novel takes place in 19th-century Nebraska and tells the stories of an orphan boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the eldest daughter in an immigrant family from Bohemia, Ántonia Shimerda, who were each brought to be pioneers. In the harsh prairie, Ántonia makes friends and improves the condition of the land.

The first year in the prairie leaves lifelong impressions in both children, a theme that’s explored throughout the novel. Cather was highly praised for My Ántonia, bringing the American West to life and making it fascinating to generations of readers.

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