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Catherine Drinker Bowen Quotes

About Catherine Drinker Bowen

Life: 1897 - 1973

Country: us flag America

Profession: Writer;

Catherine Drinker Bowen (born January 1, 1897 in Haverford, PA as Catherine Drinker - died November 1, 1973 in Haverford) was an American biographer. She won the 1958 National Book Award in nonfiction for The Lion and the Throne: The Life and Times of Sir Edward Coke. In addition, Bowen received the 1957 Philadelphia Award and the 1962 Women's National Book Association award. She married Ezra Bowen, Chair of Economics at Lehigh University and author of "Social Economics." She was survived by her son, Ezra Bowen (died Westport, CT, 1996), Sports Illustrated & Time-Life writer and editor; grandson, Ezra D. Bowen, and now great-grandchildren, Leslie R. Bowen and Elizabeth D. Bowen.

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Quotations

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in the mirror which waits always before or behind.

~ Catherine Drinker Bowen

Chamber music -- a conversation between friends.

~ Catherine Drinker Bowen

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.

~ Catherine Drinker Bowen

Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes and always count their change when it is handed to them.

~ Catherine Drinker Bowen

Great artists treasure their time with a bitter and snarling miserliness.

~ Catherine Drinker Bowen

Will the reader turn the page?

~ Catherine Drinker Bowen

I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more, as I grown older.

~ Catherine Drinker Bowen

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fiction parts should be printed in red ink, the fact parts in black ink.

~ Catherine Drinker Bowen
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