Nuggets and Aphorisms

Food for thought. These first appeared in Amit Varma's blog, India Uncut

Sunday, July 03, 2005

The invisible writer

I believe that writers lose a lot when they are seen in the flesh. In the old days the really popular writers were totally anonymous, just a name on the book cover, and this gave them an extraordinary mystique. [...] I believe that this is the ideal condition for a writer, close to anonymity: that is when his maximum authority develops, when the writer does not have a face, a presence, but the world he portrays takes up the whole picture. Like Shakespeare...
Italo Calvino, in "Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings".
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