Quotation by Raymond Chandler

When a book, any sort of book, reaches a certain intensity of artistic performance it becomes literature. That intensity may be a matter of style, situation, character, emotional tone, or idea, or half a dozen other things. It may also be a perfection of control over the movement of a story similar to the control a great pitcher has over the ball.
Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), U.S. author. Letter, January 29, 1946, to crime writer Erle Stanley Gardner. Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).

Refuting Gardner's denigration of his own books.
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