Quotation by Willa Cather

The higher processes are all processes of simplification. The novelist must learn to write, and then he must unlearn it; just as the modern painter learns to draw, and then learns when utterly to disregard his accomplishment, when to subordinate it to a higher and truer effect.
Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. Originally published in The New Republic (1922). "The Novel Demeuble," repr. In Willa Cather on Writing, University of Nebraska Press (1988).
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