|Susan Fromberg Schaeffer|
A teacher at the University of Chicago, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer's previous novels include Anya and The Madness of a Seduced Woman. Her latest work, The Snow Fox, was a labor of love: "It took me six years to reach the understanding I have now, and of course, that understanding is not complete," she reflects. "In that time, I could have written three Ph.Ds. It is not too much to say that I loved every minute of it, and still do."
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Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
Date of Birth:
March 25, 1941
B.A., University of Chicago, 1961; M.A., University of Chicago, 1963; Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1966
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|The Snow Fox|
Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
In Schaeffer's grand and sweeping new novel, a great samurai and a beautiful poet fall in love in a novel that captures medieval Japan in breathtaking detail. "Schaeffer tells her story in epic style, as if it were being related by a chronicler contemporary with the events described," observes The New York Times. "Much is not explained, creating the illusion that the knowing reader is also a part of this world."
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|A Writer's Rituals|
|In our interview, we asked Schaeffer to tell us about her writing environment. "I think my office and desk are uncluttered, but right now there is a snow globe on my desk, and three ivory statues of Japanese women, two of whom have each lost an arm. A beaded lizard sits on top of an art nouveau tile." she reveals. "Writing can be a lonely business, and in my mind refuses to believe that there are such things as inanimate objects, so having things in the office means I have company. I cannot do without things no matter how I try. So much for the lack of clutter."|
Sylvia Plath, Foreword by Robert Lowell
We asked Schaeffer to tell us about some of her all-time favorite books. She named Sylvia Plath's masterpiece, Ariel, commenting, "Beautiful poems. If there is anyone who had (or has) a greater talent for imagery, I don't know who it is."
"When I first read this novel in college, I don't think I understood it at all," Schaeffer admits of Melville's classic tale. "When I read it again, it was a revelation. It is a great novel about how impossible it is to penetrate the mystery at the heart of existence." Read our interview to learn more about Schaeffer's favorite books, including:
|Photo by Neil Schaeffer||