(from the Guardian, 9/17.)

I failed as a poet, a novelist, a short-story writer and as an essayist, but I was determined to be a writer. So I began writing plays. – in a Guardian interview in 2010

We all insist – hope? – that we haven’t written our best works yet, and we all harbour deep, almost religious faith, in our most dismissed or despised efforts. – in a Guardian interview in 2007

I find that when my plays are going well, they seem to resemble pieces of music – in a Paris Review interview in 1966

Most critics can’t tell me if anything is good. – in a Guardian interview in 2010

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