„A man who can’t read only knows what other folks tell him.“

Source: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Seventh Son (1987), Chapter 15.

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„I think that fantasy must possess the author and simply use him. I know that this is true of A Wrinkle in Time. I can’t possibly tell you how I came to write it. It was simply a book I had to write. I had no choice. And it was only after it was written that I realized what some of it meant.“

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