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 great writers of the past half century. Some of the magazine's greatest hits 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. Philip Gourevitch was named editor of The Paris Review in 2005, succeeding George Plimpton, who was editor from 1953 until his death in 2003. Margaret Atwood has won the Booker Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Governor General's Award, among many other honors. She is the author of more than twenty-five books, and lives in Toronto.
Adult/High School-The 16 author interviews in this volume were originally conducted between 1953 and 2006. During these exchanges, some taking more than a day, established authors shared their writing styles and habits; their successes and failures; details about the characters, settings, and plots in their stories; and offered practical advice for beginning writers. William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, John Gardner, and Toni Morrison are among those who shared their thoughts. Young adults will appreciate the details included: Stephen King washed motel linens to support his family while beginning his writing career and James Baldwin delivered sermons as a preacher for three of his teenage years. The book also includes actual manuscripts of the featured authors and brief biographies. Like The Paris Review Interviews, I (Picador, 2006), it is a fascinating read either for pleasure or for research.-Gregory Lum, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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