Inspiration & writing | William Faulkner, 1956


Jean Stein: Some people say they can’t understand your writing, even after they read it two or three times. What approach would you suggest for them?

William Faulkner:  Read it four times.

Jean Stein:You mentioned experience, observation, and imagination as being important for the writer. Would you include inspiration?

William Faulkner:  I don’t know anything about inspiration because I don’t know what inspiration is—I’ve heard about it, but I never saw it.

William Faulkner, The Art of Fiction No. 12.

This conversation took place in New York City, early in 1956 (by Jean Stein)

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