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Quotation by F. Scott Fitzgerald
My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer ... writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940), U.S. author. repr. In Matthew J. Bruccoli, Some Sort of Epic Grandeur, ch. 16 (1981). "Self-interview," New York Tribune (May 7, 1920).
The interview was later used by Fitzgerald in The Author's Apology—a letter to the American Booksellers Convention (May 1920).
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