The Paris Review Interviews, II

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Philip Gourevitch
Macmillan, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 528 pages
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Since The Paris Review was founded in 1953, it has given us invaluable conversations with the greatest writers of our age, vivid self-portraits that are themselves works of finely crafted literature. From William Faulkner's determination that a great novel takes "ninety-nine percent talent . . . ninety-nine percent discipline . . . ninety-nine percent work," to Gabriel García Márquez's observation that "in the first paragraph, you solve most of the problems with your book," The Paris Review has elicited revelatory and revealing thoughts from our most accomplished novelists, poets, and playwrights. With an introduction by Orhan Pamuk, this volume brings together another rich, varied crop of literary voices, including Toni Morrison, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Graham Greene, James Baldwin, Stephen King, Philip Larkin, Eudora Welty, and more. "A colossal literary event," as Gary Shteyngart put it, The Paris Review Interviews, II, is an indispensable treasury of wisdom from the world's literary masters.


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As a writer and an avid reader I love most interviews with authors, but "The Paris Review" interviews are particularly wonderful! The questions are thoughtful, the answers revealing, the interviewers ... Read full review

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User Review  - katiemullen - LibraryThing

Enlightening and fascinating interviews with some of the greatest authors of all time. All center around the writers' work rather than their personal lives, which is exactly as it should be. Chock-full of advice for the aspiring author. Favorite interviews: Graham Greene and Eudora Welty. Read full review


Graham Greene 1953
James Thurber 1955
William Faulkner 1956
Robert Lowell 1961
Isaac Bashevis Singer 1968
EudoraWelty 1972
John Gardner 1979
Gabriel Garcia Marquez 1981
William Gaddis 1987
Harold Bloom 1991
Toni Morrison 1993
Alice Munro 1994
Peter Carey 2006
Stephen King 2006

Philip Larkin 1982
James Baldwin 1984

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The Paris Review has published early and important work by Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul, Jeffrey Eugenides, A. S. Byatt, T. C. Boyle, William T. Vollmann, and many other defining writers of the past half century. Some of the magazine's exceptional stories, poems, and conversations have been collected by Picador in The Paris Review Book of People with Problems as well as The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators, and Waiting Rooms and The Paris Review Book of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsy, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, the Art of Writing, and Everything Else in the World Since 1953.

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