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Marina Warner is right – gold stars for writers leads to creative death | Rebecca Nicholson

The distinguished novelist and historian is right to deprecate the notion of creative people being ‘virtuous’The novelist and historian Marina Warner has raised concerns about the increasing pressure on authors to be “virtuous” people and the growing use of “morality clauses” to insist on good behaviour in writers’ contracts with publishers. “Striving to be good is not the same as good writing,” she said in her presidential address at the Royal Society of Literature’s summer party last week. “Engaging in fictive truth-telling is not the same as winning gold stars...

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Published By: theguardian.com - 7 days ago