Quote of the Day: John Edgar Wideman on Stories

The writer and professor on how the most compelling tales should seem tailor-made for the reader. 

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John Edgar Wideman

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You can read the full quote from the book Damballah (1981), and others by John Edgar Wideman, in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Read the quote in its full context here.

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