Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don’t know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) American writer
In A. E. Hotchner, Papa Hemingway, Pt. 1, ch. 4 “Havana, 1951-53” (1966)

When told Faulkner said Hemingway was not courageous enough to use words a reader might need to look up in the dictionary. Full text.

Added on 7-Oct-09 | Last updated 7-Oct-09
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