17 Writers On The Importance Of Reading

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” —Lemony Snicket

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From his letter to Mademoiselle Leroyer de Chantepie, September 1858, via The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert and Madame Bovary.

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From her speech “Literature is Freedom.”

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From his autobiography, Palm Sunday.

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From her book On Writing.

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From Life magazine, 1963.

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From an interview with the National Book Foundation.

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From The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

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From his book Shelf Life.

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From his book Dear, Dear Brenda: The Lover Letters to Brenda Venus.

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Quoted in Donalyn Miller’s Reading in the Wild.

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From her Newbury Award Acceptance Speech, 1963.

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From a quote in The Guardian, June 2009.

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From her book Mansfield Park.

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From his book Role Models.

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From The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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