Happy Birthday, Jane Smiley, born 26 September 1949
Smiley’s best-selling A Thousand Acres, a story based on Shakespeare’s King Lear, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992. She has written 13 novels, four non-fiction books, and a collection of short stories.
Three Jane Smiley Quotes On Books
- Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.
- Leaving any book store is hard, especially on a day in August, when the street outside burns and glares, and the books inside are cool and crisp to the touch; especially on a day in January, when the wind is blowing, the ice is treacherous, and the books inside seem to gather together in colourful warmth. It’s hard to leave a book store any day of the year, though, because a book store is one of the few places where all the cantankerous, conflicting, alluring voices of the world co-exist in peace and order and the avid reader is as free as a person can possibly be, because she is free to choose among them.
- A reader’s tastes are peculiar. Choosing books to read is like making your way down a remote and winding path. Your stops on that path are always idiosyncratic. One book leads to another and another the way one thought leads to another and another. My type of reader is the sort who burrows through the stacks in the book store or the library (or the Web site — stacks are stacks), yielding to impulse and instinct.
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