LYNNE SHARON SCHWARTZ is the author of fourteen works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as the widely acclaimed memoir, Ruined by Reading. Her first novel, Rough Strife (1981), was shortlisted for a National Book Award and a PEN/Hemingway First Novel Award while her Leaving Brooklyn (1989) was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction. She won the 1991 PEN Renato Pogglioli Award for her translation from the Italian of Smoke Over Birkenau, by Liana Millu. Schwartz is a native and current New Yorker.
"In each of the five interviews included here the truly remarkable voice of Sebald is laid bare upon the page. One gets a clear sense of the deep intelligence and the wry, self-deprecating humor so modestly displayed and so spontaneous." -Vertigo: Collecting and Reading W. G. Sebald
"Schwartz does a fine job of evoking this elusive author." -David Ulin, Los Angeles Times "In The Emergence of Memory, interviews and critical essays expose the tactile reality of a writer who so often dealt with intangible emotions. . . . Lynne Sharon Schwartz's compilation of criticism and in-depth interviews by prominent writers and critics reveals Sebald's curiosity and obligation as a writer." -Michele Filgate, Brooklyn Rail