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the anti-heroine of an era of bathtub gin, organized crime, and jazz, clouded in the smoke of fired guns and cigarettes.
It is to books that I owe everything that is good in me. Even in my youth, I realised that art is more generous than people are. I am a book-lover, each one of them seems a miracle to me, and the author a magician.

— Maxim Gorky, in a preface to Histoire générale des littératures étrangères, by P. Mortier.

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