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Elizabeth Hardwick

(1916–2007)

U.S. literary critic, novelist, and short story writer

“When I read a review, a mere short review, I am more interested at first in who is doing the reviewing than in the work under discussion. The name, what is attached to it by previous work, by serious thought, tells me whether it is likely to have any meaning or value for me. It is not a question of right or wrong specific opinions, but of the quality of the mind.”

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source: “The Art of Fiction No. 87,” The Paris Review, No. 96, Summer 1985.

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