The Paris Review Interviews, I
  • The Paris Review Interviews, I
  • The Paris Review Interviews, I

The Paris Review Interviews, I

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How do great writers do it? From James M. Cain's hard-nosed observation that "writing a novel is like working on foreign policy. There are problems to be solved. It's not all inspirational," to Joan Didion's account of how she composes a book--"I constantly retype my own sentences. Every day I go back to page one and just

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A Picador Paperback Original

How do great writers do it? From James M. Cain's hard-nosed observation that "writing a novel is like working on foreign policy. There are problems to be solved. It's not all inspirational," to Joan Didion's account of how she composes a book--"I constantly retype my own sentences. Every day I go back to page one and just retype what I have. It gets me into a rhythm"--The Paris Review has elicited some of the most revelatory and revealing thoughts from the literary masters of our age. For more than half a century, the magazine has spoken with most of our leading novelists, poets, and playwrights, and the interviews themselves have come to be recognized as classic works of literature, an essential and definitive record of the writing life. They have won the coveted George Polk Award and have been a contender for the Pulitzer Prize. Now, Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch introduces an entirely original selection of sixteen of the most celebrated interviews. Often startling, always engaging, these encounters contain an immense scope of intelligence, personality, experience, and wit from the likes of Elizabeth Bishop, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Rebecca West, and Billy Wilder. This is an indispensable book for all writers and readers.

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How does an author write a book? In this remarkably affordable collection by the editors of the Paris Review, the first of a three-volume series, 16 previously published interviews with major novelists, poets, and playwrights divulge how works of literature are created. A 1966 interview with Jorge Luis Borges addresses his superstitions related to colors and how he bases his characters' names on colors and deceased relatives. In an interview published in 1977, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. discusses how his military experience and master's degree in anthropology influence his writing. Vonnegut's most stunning comment is "There is no shortage of wonderful writers. What we lack is a dependable mass of readers." Other authors featured her include Ernest Hemingway, Rebecca West, Truman Capote, and Robert Stone. A bonus is that most writers identify their favorite books. This publication is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Joyce Sparrow, Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas Cty., FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312361754
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
10/17/2006
Series:
Paris Review Interviews Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
321,288
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 8.17(h) x 1.03(d)

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