Interviews | September 01, 1996

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Interviewer:  You’ve said you learned from E.B. White that the “I” should always be a real character in any piece that you’ve written.  Have you ever had a sense in your writing life that you were flying in the face of current convention, or being old-fashioned, by adhering to that principle?

Maxwell:  I never worried about being old-fashioned because the books I’ve continued to read all my life have been the Russians.  I wanted to write about people, men and women.  What’s old-fashioned about men and women?

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