Quotes by Stephen Wright

"A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could have only one book, what would it be? I always say, "How to Build a Boat."
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"The subterranean lair of the wily human relationship: a dark maze of pop-up demons, fun house mirrors, spooky dead ends, multiple false bottoms."
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"Families were bunk, temporary and uneasy alliances of strangers who would hate each other less without the coercion of blood, the spiraling bonds of genetic ivy holding its victims fast to a blasted tree."
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"An engaging discussion upon the nature of the soul, its defining qualities, the possibility it manifests a specific shape, the likelihood of its integrity beyond formaldehyde and flowers, speculation on its absence from an unfortunate sum of mortal beings since God, at the moment of creation, released into the universe a fixed number of souls to be recycled among a diminishing percentage of an exponentially expanding population, hence bodies without souls."
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"If you had a million Shakespeares, could they write like a monkey?"
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Books by Stephen Wright

  • Going Native
  • 744 ratings
  • April 12th 2005 by Vintage

    (first published 1994)

  • Valuing Wall Street
  • 35 ratings
  • February 15th 2002 by McGraw-Hill Companies

    (first published March 24th 2000)

Stephen Wright
  • Stephen Wright

  • Date of birth: August 17, 1946
  • Born: in Warren County, Pennsylvania, The United States.

  • Description: Stephen Wright is a Vietnam veteran, MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the author of four previous novels. He has received a Whiting Award in Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and has taught writing and literature at Iowa, Princeton, Brown, and The New School. He was born in Warren, Pennsylvania, and lives in New York City.

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