14 March 2011

Quotable Powell #80

As Anthony Powell has said, a writer ought to be careful about the sort of characters he creates; they will show up in life, and they will haunt you.

When Harold Pinter moved in with Antonia Fraser, a dutifully Pinteresque tramp promptly set up his chaotic establishment in the parking space outside their house. Here, life's mimicry was accidental and benign; but usually it isn't.

[Martin Amis, New York Times, 5 April 1981]
[Contributed by Linda Nelson]