Harry Mathews

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And I finished college because I thought how much it would upset my parents if I didn't.

Harry Mathews

Well, I had this little notion - I started writing when I was eleven, writing poetry. I was passionately addicted to it; it was my great refuge through adolescence.

Harry Mathews

Well, my relationship to America at the time I left was very limited.

Harry Mathews

My next project is to get back to that. Actually, to learn how to write poetry. I'm not kidding.

Harry Mathews

But what I love most is storytelling.

Harry Mathews

I also had this mistaken dream, fantasy really - perhaps because I'm good at languages - of being able in both Italy and France to become someone else through my fluency in the language.

Harry Mathews

I went to Harvard because I disliked Princeton so much - I spent a year and a half there. I didn't leave Harvard early; I actually finished.

Harry Mathews

I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, for a while, about which the less said the better, and then I was in the Mediterranean, about which the more said the better.

Harry Mathews

My idea was to go to Vienna to study conducting and perhaps play in an orchestra first, so I thought before I got to Vienna I could do with a little training in Paris.

Harry Mathews

What I said about John was that he liberated me from my anxieties about writing in a correct, acceptable way.

Harry Mathews

Music had been my first love among the arts, and I was fascinated by it, as I still am.

Harry Mathews

What I wanted to do and what I needed to do was something entirely different, and through reading Roussel I learned that I could do what I wanted all on my own and that I didn't have to rely on what had actually happened in my somewhat limited life and reading.

Harry Mathews

It has always been something I could do, and it may seem odd that in my case I seem to create an interesting narrative and frustrate the reader's opportunities to follow it at every step.

Harry Mathews

And then, when I left Princeton in the middle of my sophomore year, I went into the navy.

Harry Mathews

After the navy, I transferred to Harvard and finished there. I was there the spring term of 1951 and I stayed through the summer term and a whole other year, so I was able to do two years in a little less than a year and a half.

Harry Mathews

I'd been brought up on the Upper East Side in a WASP society, which was death on crutches.

Harry Mathews