Edward Lewis Wallant

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Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.
Jane Porter
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Edward Lewis Wallant (1926–1962), author


  • "You gotta take your skin off, you gotta love so much that you go insane."
    • Sammy, in Children at the Gate
  • "And a blade twitched into his heart, beginning the slow, massive bleeding he would never be able to stop, no matter what else he might accomplish. He was surprised and puzzled as he walked with that mortal wound in him, for it occurred to him that, althugh the wound would be the death of him, it would be the life of him too."
    • Children at the Gate
  • "I love you all, you hear? Nothing turns MY stomach. I'll kiss your gallstones, your ulcers, your cancers, your bleeding piles - and they'll all disappear! I'm the miracle man."
    • Sammy, in Children at the Gate
  • "All my parents gave me was their fumbly hands: I got their hands inside me to this day."
    • Sammy, in Children at the Gate
  • "And then she saw, and was instantly destroyed in a way that would insist upon her living."
    • Children at the Gate


  • The Human Season (1960)
  • The Pawnbroker (1961)
  • The Tenants of Moonbloom (1962)
  • The Children at the Gate (1962)