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Is this quote about poet RS Thomas genuine, and if so, where is it from?

The quote appears to be genuine, and it seems that this was said by Evelyn Dennis, who held the position of parish priest in Aberdaron in the 1990s (the second priest to hold the position after Thomas ...
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What is the source of this cheesy quote?

The quote comes from Tom Stoppard's play Travesties, written in 1974. The consular official Carr rants about Zurich: ... was it not, after all, La Rochefoucauld in his Maximes who had it that in ...
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When or where did Gustave Flaubert say that Alexander Pushkin's work was "dull"?

Thanks to CDR's answer I was able to find the original source. It is the article Воспоминанія объ И. С. Тургеневѣ (Recollections of I.S. Turgenev) by Nikolaj Vasil'evič Berg, in issue 14 of the ...
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When or where did Gustave Flaubert say that Alexander Pushkin's work was "dull"?

This is something that has been repeated at least since Émile Haumant wrote the following in the preface of his Poushkine (1911): « Il est plat, votre poète ! » disait Flaubert à Tourguénief qui le ...
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When or where did Gustave Flaubert say that Alexander Pushkin's work was "dull"?

The earliest occurrence of this phrase that I was able to find attributed to Flaubert is in the foreword to Emile Haumant’s study of Pushkin: Nous savons de Pouchkine, par Mickiéwicz, qu’il tourne «...
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When or where did Gustave Flaubert say that Alexander Pushkin's work was "dull"?

Early sources such as this 1896 biography cite "Istorič. Věstník 1883 p. 376" by one Prof. M. Berg. as their source for this anecdote, but they don't specify that Flaubert made the remark, ...
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