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Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors. Every one of my stories is a metaphor you can remember. The great religions are all metaphor. We appreciate things like Daniel and the lions den, and the Tower of Babel. People remember these metaphors because they are so vivid you cant get free of them and thats what kids like in school. They read about rocket ships and encounters in space, tales of dinosaurs. All my life Ive been running through the fields and picking up bright objects. I turn one over and say, Yeah, theres a story. And thats what kids like. Today, my stories are in a thousand anthologies. And Im in good company. The other writers are quite often dead people who wrote in metaphors: Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne. All these people wrote for children. They may have pretended not to, but they did.
— Ray Bradbury —

(Washington) Irving was only the first of the writers of the American ghostly tale to recognize that the supernatural, exactly because its epistemological status is so difficult to determine, challenged the writer to invent a commensurately sophisticated narrative technique.

— Howard Kerr

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