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Jane Duncan

  • ... I have the reader's inability to pass a bookshop without going in and spending as much as I can afford.

  • ... I truly was neither flesh, fowl nor good red herring, for this is what a writer is, a rogue who is outside any and every group, even the 'group' of writers.

  • ... my belief is that we did not come from God so much as that we are going towards God.

  • ... the communal mental picture of the artist starving in a garret seems to me to have a grain of truth in it. What may be less familiar as an idea is my own notion that the artist creates his own garret and goes on hunger strike. ... The artist starves in his garret because he must have the resistance of the garret and the starvation but these privations can take many forms.

  • Many snippets of varied experience come together to form the fabric of a novel but I think that this fabric is stretched like the canvas of a tent over the supports of a few basic, deeply-felt beliefs.

Jane Duncan, Scottish writer

(1910 - 1976)

Real name: Elizabeth Jane Cameron.