Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you would learn to write, 't is in the street you must learn it. Both for the vehicle and for the aims of fine arts you must frequent the public square. The people, and not the college, is the writer's home.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Society and Solitude," Society and Solitude (1870).

Emerson anticipates the proliferation of MFA programs in writing that today serve as the home and breeding ground of American writers.
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