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Harry Mathews


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Harry Mathews (born February 14, 1930) is an American author of various novels, volumes of poetry and short fiction, and essays.

Born in New York City to an upper-class family, Mathews was educated at private schools there and at the Groton School in Massachusetts before enrolling at Princeton University in 1947. He left Princeton in his sophomore year for a tour in the United States ... more »

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  • Syntax and vocabulary are overwhelming constraints—the rules that run us. Language is using us to talk—we think we're using the language, but language is doing the thinking, we're its slavis...
    Harry Mathews (b. 1930), U.S. novelist. City Limits (London, May 26, 1988).
  • Translation is the paradigm, the exemplar of all writing.... It is translation that demonstrates most vividly the yearning for transformation that underlies every act involving speech, that supremely ...
    Harry Mathews (b. 1930), U.S. novelist. "The Dialect of the Tribe," Country Cooking and Other Stories (1980).
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