F. Scott Fitzgerald, on his family history:
"As a boy, my father lived in Montgomery County, Maryland. Our family has been mixed up quite a bit in American history. My greatgrandfather’s brother was Francis Scott Key who wrote The Star- Spangled Banner; I was named for him. My father’s aunt was Mrs Suratt, who was hanged after the assassination of Lincoln because Booth had planned the deed in her house - you remember that three men and a woman were executed."
Douglas Adams, on his literary influences
"Other funny writers, of whom the chief is P.G. Wodehouse, who is, in my opinion, one of the greatest-ever users of the English language — he’s sort of the Mozart of the English language, I think. I particularly admire funny writers, because I know how incredibly difficult it is. Evelyn Waugh is very high up there, and Jane Austen. People have this idea that humor is in some way a sort of lesser emotion, which I don’t accept at all. I think that good, funny writing is amongst the finest writing of any type, which is why I think that Wodehouse is one of the finest writers who ever lived."
Roald Dahl, age 4, and his mother Sofia.
Roald Dahl based the character of the grandmother in The Witches on his own mother, who often told he and his sisters stories about mythical Norwegian creatures.
”My grandmother was the only grandmother I ever met who smoked cigars. She lit one now, a long black cigar that smelt of burning rubber.” — The Witches