Quotation by Elizabeth Bowen

The most striking fault in work by young or beginning novelists, submitted for criticism, is irrelevance—due either to infatuation or indecision. To direct such an author's attention to the imperative of relevance is certainly the most useful—and possibly the only—help that can be given.
Elizabeth Bowen (1899–1973), British novelist, essayist, and memoirist; born in Ireland. Pictures and Conversations, ch. 5 (1975).
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