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Tess Slesinger

  • ... he had fallen desperately and permanently in love with a woman in a yellow hat whose car had been held up by traffic, and whom he never saw again ...

    • Tess Slesinger,
    • "A Life in the Day of a Writer," Story Magazine ()
  • Listen, non-writers, I am not boasting when I tell you that writing is not a sublimation of living, but living is a pretty feeble substitute for art. Listen, non-writers, this is passion. I am trembling, I am weak, I am strong, pardon me a moment while I go and make love to the world. ... I am every one of the keys of my typewriter, I am the clean white pages and the word-sprawled used ones, I am the sunlight on my own walls — rip off your dress, life, tear off your clothes, world, let me come closer; for listen: I am a sated, tired, happy writer, and I have to make love to the world.

    • Tess Slesinger,
    • "A Life in the Day of a Writer," Story Magazine ()

Tess Slesinger, U.S. writer, screenwriter

(1905 - 1945)