Earlier this month the New York Times published an article about Robert Caro’s archives, which have been acquired by the New-York Historical Society.
“‘There’s a belief among some - not all - nonfiction writers that all that matters is to get the facts,’ Mr. Caro said, reflecting on his continuing quest to find the right words. ‘I don’t believe that. I believe that the quality of writing is just as important in nonfiction as in fiction.’”
“He said he often keeps a note on his desk lamp that reads, ‘The only thing that matters is what is on this page.’”