Quotation by Ellen Glasgow

I had no place in any coterie, or in any reciprocal self-advertising. I stood alone. I stood outside. I wanted only to learn. I wanted only to write better.
Ellen Glasgow (1873–1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 12 (1954).

Written in 1944. Glasgow, an eminent American Southern "regional" novelist, was asserting her lifelong independence of "literary circles ... where reputations are made easily, and without merit."
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