Quotation by Elizabeth Hardwick

Sex can no longer be the germ, the seed of fiction. Sex is an episode, most properly conveyed in an episodic manner, quickly, often ironically. It is a bursting forth of only one of the cells in the body of the omnipotent "I," the one who hopes by concentration of tone and voice to utter the sound of reality.
Elizabeth Hardwick (b. 1916), U.S. critic, author. Address, 1972, Vassar College. "Seduction and Betrayal," Seduction And Betrayal: Women and Literature (1974).
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