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Quotation by Willa Cather
The qualities of a second-rate writer can easily be defined, but a first-rate writer can only be experienced. It is just the thing in him which escapes analysis that makes him first-rate.
Willa Cather (1873–1947), U.S. novelist. Originally published in The Borzoi 1925 (1925). "Katherine Mansfield," repr. In Willa Cather on Writing, University of Nebraska Press (1988).
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