In all my life I never competed for fortune, for a woman, or for fame. I learned to write in total isolation. My first work was also my best, and the first thing published. I never belonged to a circle or clique. I did not know I was writing a book until it was written. When my first book was published there was no one near me, an acquaintance let alone a friend, to congratulate me. I have never savored triumph, never won a race
A fragment from Sparks: Eric Hoffer and the art of the notebook. Hoffer’s first book The True Believer was published in 1951. Until this afternoon I had not heard of Hoffer but I have been hooked after reading, as is often the case, a Patrick Kurp post.