Quotation by John Dos Passos

The business of a novelist is, in my opinion, to create characters first and foremost, and then to set them in the snarl of the human currents of his time, so that there results an accurate permanent record of a phase of human history.
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. "The Business of a Novelist," The New Republic (April 4, 1934).

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