We hear a great deal of lamentation these days about writers having all taken themselves to the colleges and universities where they live decorously instead of going out and getting firsthand information about life. The fact is that anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.
Flannery O'Connor (1925–1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. Mystery and Manners, part 3 (1969).
Written c. 1960. O'Connor suffered from lupus and was an invalid for much of her adult life, living with her mother on the family farm in Georgia. So, although she was not a college faculty member, she did not lead a notably adventuresome life.