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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Following Those 'Story Rivers'

“To understand and reconnect with our stories, the stories of the ancestors, is to build our identities.   We all belong to an ancient identity. Stories are the rivers that take us there.” – Frank Delaney


Born on Ireland on this date in 1942, Delaney was noted for his attention to the basics and to the basis of writing and writing style.  A novelist, journalist and broadcaster (he died in 2017) Delaney authored the best-selling novel Ireland and the award-winning non-fiction book Simple Courage: A True Story of Peril on the Sea.

A great essayist, his writings were published in many of the leading newspapers in the United States, the UK and Ireland, including on the Op-ed pages of The New York Times.  He also was a frequent public speaker and a contributor and guest on a variety of National Public Radio programs. 

Delaney said that writers always should read their works aloud before finalizing them.  "If you need proof of how the oral relates to the written, consider that many great novelists, including Joyce and Hemingway, never submitted a piece of work without first reading it aloud."

 When asked who he would emulate and why, he said Fitzgerald.   '”The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald remains the most perfect novel that has ever come out of the United States. Everything in the book moves as it should, in the manner of a piece by Bach or Mozart.


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