3 Minutes or Less: Life Lessons from America's Greatest Writers

3 Minutes or Less: Life Lessons from America's Greatest Writers

by Bloomsbury USA

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An anthology of never-before-published short essays by America's literary greats. Each October at the PEN Gala, well-known authors take the stage of the Folger Shakespeare Library's Theatre to ponder the meaning of such universal mysteries as "obsession," "illusion," "first love," and more. Each author is given only three minutes or less to speak. The results have been unpredictable—clever, confessional, inspiring, hilarious, profound, and all of them entertaining. These essays have been transcribed for the first time, and comprise this unique anthology. Among the authors are: Russell Banks, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Annie Dillard, Gail Godwin, Allan Gurganus, Jane Hamilton, Alice Hoffman, Susan Isaacs, Charles Johnson, William Kennedy, Chang-rae Lee, Larry McMurtry, Sue Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, George Plimpton, Francine Prose, Maurice Sendak, Anita Shreve, Jane Smiley, William Styron, Deborah Tannen, John Edgar Wideman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582340692
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/08/2000
Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 822,459
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation confers an annual national prize for the best work of fiction by an American author and brings literary programs of quality to the citizens of the Washington metropolitan area.

Table of Contents

Introduction Beginnings William Kennedy Robert Stone Pat ConroyWilliam Styron Hortense CalisherEudora Welty Larry McMurtry Maurice Sendak Amiri Baraka Richard Bausch Annie Dillard Brendan Gill Dons Grumbach Stephen Goodwin Gloria NaylorJoyce Carol Oates Mary Lee Settle Susan Sontag Reynolds Price Susan Richards Shreve First Love Pete Hamill Rita Mae Brown Christopher Buckley Allan GurganusThomas Caplan Reginald McKnightJohn Casey Elena Castedo Rita Dove Alice HoffmanMona Simpson Kaye Gibbons William Kittredge Lee Smith Kichara Wiley Cynthia Ozick Illusions Grace Paley Jim Lehrer Robert Stone Russell Banks Susan Richards Shreve William Least Heat-Moon Lee Smith Tobias Wolff John Edgar Wideman Elmore Leonard Gay Talese Bette Bao Lord Ward Just Vasily Aksyonov Obsession David Bradley Robert Olen Butler Barry Hannah Jayne Anne Phillips George PlimptonErnest GainesFrancine Prose Mary Lee Settle Ntozake Shange Elizabeth Spencer Scott Spencer Louis Begley Thomas Flanagan Maureen Howard Heroes Sue Miller Tim O'Brien Allan GurganusT. Coraghessan Boyle George Garrett Gail GodwinPatricia Browning Griffith Terry McMillan Amy Tan Charles Johnson Beverly Lowry James SalterJourneys William Kennedy Jane SmileyToby Olson Michael Chabon Alan Cheuse Maxine Clair Barbara Kingsolver E. Annie Proulx Susan Minot Kate Lehrer Walter Mosley Octavia E. ButlerDenise Chávez A Sense of Place Eudora Welty Norman Mailer Bobbie Ann Mason John Edgar Wideman William W. Warner Blanche McCrary Boyd Ellen Douglas Shelby Foote Marita Golden Larry L. King Paule Marshall Peter Matthiessen Geoffrey WolffardA Lesson Francisco GoldmanAlice Adams Richard Bausch Susan Isaacs Robert MacNeil Jill McCorkle K Ethelbert Miller Faye Moskowitz Lynne Sharon Schwartz Deborah Tannen Christopher Tilghman William Gass Mary Gordon Ward Just Gish JenConfessions Tony Kushner Barry Lopez Kathryn Harrison David Ignatius Willie Morris Howard Norman Tina McElroy Ansa Robert Pinsky Alice McDermott Madison Smartt BellMary Karr Amy Tan Reunion Allan Gurganus Larry L. King John Casey Thomas Flanagan Maureen Howard Kate Lehrer Willie Morris Grace Paley Ntozake Shange Lee Smith Denise Chávez Kaye Gibbons Endings Herbert Gold Jane Hamilton Oscar Hijuelos Chang-rae Lee Claire Messud Francine Prose Richard Selzer Anita Shreve Calvin Trillin Edward Albee Rilla Askew Judy Blume Lorene Cary George Garrett

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