Vanity Fair's Writers on Writers

Vanity Fair's Writers on Writers


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Vanity Fair's Writers on Writers by Graydon Carter

A collection of beloved authors on beloved writers, including Martin Amis on Saul Bellow, Truman Capote on Willa Cather, and Salman Rushdie on Christopher Hitchens, as featured in Vanity Fair
What did Christopher Hitchens think of Dorothy Parker? How did meeting e.e. cummings change the young Susan Cheever? What does Martin Amis have to say about how Saul Bellow’s love life influenced his writing? Vanity Fair has published many of the most interesting writers and thinkers of our time. Collected here for the first time are forty-one essays exploring how writers influence one another and our culture, from James Baldwin to Joan Didion to James Patterson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143111764
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 293,498
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Graydon Carter has been the editor of Vanity Fair since 1992.
David Friend is Vanity Fair's editor of creative development.

Table of Contents

Introduction David Friend vii

One Vanity Fair Contrarian Fondly Recalls Another

Dorothy Parker Christopher Hitchens 3

On Poets

W. H. Auden Joseph Brodsky 13

E. E. Cummings Susan Cheever 29

Marianne Moore Elizabeth Bishop 35

On Literary Lions

Eudora Welty Willie Morris 61

Reynolds Price Anne Tyler 73

Saul Bellow Martin Amis 77

Jack Kerouac James Wolcott 82

Truman Capote Sam Kashner 89

Norman Mailer Patricia Bosworth 104

Ernest Hemingway A. Scott Berg 116

Tom Wolfe Michael Lewis 125

Distant Shores

Paul Bowles Jay McInerney 131

Gabriel García Márquez Paul Elie 162

Primo Levi James Atlas 173

Naguib Mahfouz Christopher Dickey 186

Salman Rushdie Martin Amis 196

Short Takes

Willa Cather Truman Capote 205

James Baldwin Jacqueline Woodson 208

Roger Straus Tom Wolfe 210

Ward Just David Halberstam 212

Toni Morrison John Leonard 214

Ishmael Beah Dave Eggers 215

Robert Harris Nick Hornby 216

Judy Blume Meg Wolitzer 218

Wole Soyinka Nadine Gordimer 219

Sonny Mehta Dave Eggers 220

Christopher Hitchens Salman Rushdie 222

A Family Affair

Joan Didion Lili Anolik 229

John Gregory Dunne Dominick Dunne 243

Dominick Dunne Mike Hogan 252

Behind the Best-Sellers

Josephine Tey Francis Wheen 271

Grace Metalious Michael Callahan 277

Mary McCarthy Laura Jacobs 292

Jacqueline Susann Amy Fine Collins 304

Cormac McCarthy Richard B. Woodward 327

Stieg Larsson Christopher Hitchens 334

James Patterson Todd S. Purdum 339

Donna Tartt Evgenia Peretz 348


Bosom Buddies Laura Z. Hobson 359

His Jewish Question Arthur Miller 366

Darkness Visible William Styron 371

A Final Tale

Kay Thompson Marie Brenner 395

Acknowledgments 413

The Writers 414

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