Verlyn Klinkenborg


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Verlyn Klinkenborg is a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. His previous books include Making Hay, The Last Fine Time, and The Rural Life. He lives in upstate New York.

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Several Short Sentences Abo...

4.17 avg rating — 1,327 ratings — published 2012 — 10 editions
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Timothy, or Notes of an Abj...

3.64 avg rating — 381 ratings — published 2006 — 15 editions
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The Rural Life

3.92 avg rating — 321 ratings — published 2003 — 9 editions
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The Last Fine Time

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More Scenes from the Rural ...

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Making Hay

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Straight West: Portraits an...

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British Literary Manuscript...

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The Drake Manscript In The ...

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“Flow is something the reader experiences, not the writer.”
Verlyn Klinkenborg

“I look at the books on my library shelves. They certainly seem dormant. But what if the characters are quietly rearranging themselves? What if Emma Woodhouse doesn’t learn from her mistakes? What if Tom Jones descends into a sodden life of poaching and outlawry? What if Eve resists Satan, remembering God’s injunction and Adam’s loving advice? I imagine all the characters bustling to get back into their places as they feel me taking the book down from the shelf. “Hurry,” they say, “he’ll expect to find us exactly where he left us, never mind how much his life has changed in the meantime.”
VERLYN KLINKENBORG

“(Home is) a place we carry inside ourselves, a place where we welcome the unfamiliar because we know that as time passes it will become the very bedrock of our being.”
Verlyn Klinkenborg, The Rural Life

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