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Famous words from dead novelists

Excerpts from Budd Schulberg, E. Lynn Harris, and Dominick Dunne

Budd Schulberg, screenwriter-novelist
(March 27, 1914-Aug. 5, 2009)
”You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody. Instead of a bum, which is what I am.” — Terry (Marlon Brando) in On the Waterfront

E. Lynn Harris, novelist
(June 20, 1955-July 23, 2009)
”Years ago, it would have caused me great pain to even write the word gay on paper to describe myself?. Writing has allowed me to change my self-hatred and doubt into true self-esteem and self-love.” — From his 2003 memoir, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

Dominick Dunne
(Oct. 29, 1925-Aug. 26, 2009)
”I stood outside Lana Turner’s home and watched the comings and going in the days following the murder [of her boyfriend Johnny Stompanato]. I couldn’t get enough of it?. I have always been intrigued by the kind of people who call their lawyers before they call the police after a murder. It’s a rich-people thing.” — From his 1999 memoir, The Way We Lived Then