It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
– Henry James
If you read the fables, ‘Beowulf,’ for example, you will know something about the person who writes them, and I like that. Secondly, they will not be about individuals; they will be about community. Thirdly, they’re all about moralizing. Fourthly, the way they express themselves takes its tone from the oral tradition.
– Jim Crace