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Paris Review - Edna O’Brien, The Art of Fiction No. 82

Interviewed by Shusha Guppy<p>Issue 92, Summer 1984<p>© Edna O'Brien.<p>Edna O’Brien was born in the west of Ireland in a small village she describes as “enclosed, fervid, and bigoted.” Literature was taboo, and those books that penetrated the parish were loaned by the page. O’Brien’s father was a farmer …

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Paris Review - Charles Simic, The Art of Poetry No. 90

Interviewed by Mark Ford<p>Issue 173, Spring 2005<p>Charles Simic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, on May 9, 1938. His early childhood was, inevitably, dominated by the Nazi invasion, and some of his most powerful poems derive from memories of this period. In “Two Dogs,” for instance, he recalls …

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Paris Review - Walker Percy, The Art of Fiction No. 97

Interviewed by Zoltán Abádi-Nagy<p>Issue 103, Summer 1987<p>Walker Percy and Patrick Samway, S.J., at the Percy home in Covington, LA. ca. 1978.<p>This interview was conducted by mail, from May to October, 1986, at an enormous geographical distance; but the interviewer does cherish the memory of a personal …

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Paris Review - Irwin Shaw, The Art of Fiction No. 4

Interviewed by George Plimpton and John Phillips<p>Issue 4, Winter 1953<p>INTERVIEWER<p>You know, I’ve been reading that story you spoke about, the last one in your collection of short stories <i>Mixed Company,</i> the one called “The Green Nude.” It’s pretty funny.<p>IRWIN SHAW<p>What do you mean by that? Pretty …

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Paris Review - Lillian Hellman, The Art of Theater No. 1

Interviewed by Anne Hollander, John Marquand<p>Issue 33, Winter-Spring 1965<p><i>Sketch by Anne Hollander.</i><p>Miss Hellman spends her summers in a comfortable white house at the bottom of a sandbank in the town of Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. There is none of old Cape Cod …

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Paris Review - Pablo Neruda, The Art of Poetry No. 14

Interviewed by Rita Guibert<p>Issue 51, Spring 1971<p>Pablo Neruda, ca. 1956<p>“I have never thought of my life as divided between poetry and politics,” Pablo Neruda said in his September 30, 1969, acceptance speech as the Chilean Communist Party candidate for the presidency. “I am a Chilean who for decades …

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Paris Review - Javier Marías, The Art of Fiction No. 190

Interviewed by Sarah Fay<p>Issue 179, Winter 2006<p>Marias in Madrid, around 2000.<p>A waiter at a restaurant in Madrid gasped when I mentioned that I was in town to interview Javier Marías. “You know him?” he asked, as if I’d named a president or a movie star. “Sometimes we see him walking down the street.”<p>…

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Paris Review - Elizabeth Spencer, The Art of Fiction No. 110

Interviewed by Robert Phillips<p>Issue 111, Summer 1989<p>A portrait of Elizabeth Spencer from the film <i>Landscapes of the Heart</i>.<p>Elizabeth Spencer has published a large body of work, yet she became famous for a novella she wrote in a month. The irony does not escape her. At the time of the interview, she …

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Paris Review - Peter Levi, The Art of Poetry No. 24

Interviewed by Jannika Hurwitt<p>Issue 76, Fall 1979<p>Besides having a wide reputation in England as a poet, scholar, and Oxford don, Peter Levi is also a translator of Russian and Greek writing. He has traveled extensively through Greece and Afghanistan. His travels through Greece, which began in 1963, …

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Paris Review - Michael Haneke, The Art of Screenwriting No. 5

Interviewed by Luisa Zielinski<p>Issue 211, Winter 2014<p>On the set of <i>Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages</i> (<i>Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys</i>), 2000.<p>Michael Haneke was born in 1942 to an Austrian mother and a German father. He spent his adolescence in Wiener Neustadt in the …

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Paris Review - Josef Skvorecky, The Art of Fiction No. 112

Interviewed by John Glusman<p>Issue 112, Winter 1989<p>Feline Proof Reading. CA. 1978<p>A native of Nachod, a small town on the northeastern border of Bohemia—the westernmost part of Czechoslovakia—Josef Skvorecky has experienced virtually every major political system of twentieth-century Europe: liberal …

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Paris Review - David McCullough, The Art of Biography No. 2

Interviewed by Elizabeth Gaffney and Benjamin Ryder Howe<p>Issue 152, Fall 1999<p>David McCullough<p>“Nothing good was ever written in a large room,” David McCullough says, and so his own office has been reduced to a windowed shed in the backyard of his Martha’s Vineyard home. Known as “the bookshop,” the …

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Paris Review - E. B. White, The Art of the Essay No. 1

Interviewed by George Plimpton and Frank H. Crowther<p>Issue 48, Fall 1969<p>E. B. White and his dog Minnie.<p>If it happens that your parents concern themselves so little with the workings of boys’ minds as to christen you Elwyn Brooks White, no doubt you decide as early as possible to identify yourself as …

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Paris Review - John Gardner, The Art of Fiction No. 73

Interviewed by Paul F. Ferguson, John R. Maier, Sara Matthiessen, Frank McConnell<p>Issue 75, Spring 1979<p>The following interview incorporates three done with John Gardner over the last decade of his life. After interviewing him in 1971, Frank McConnell wrote of the thirty-nine-year-old author as one …

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Paris Review - Andrei Voznesensky, The Art of Poetry No. 26

Interviewed by Quentin Vest, William C. Woods<p>Issue 78, Summer 1980<p>In 1963, Nikita Khrushchev personally warned Andrei Voznesensky to get out of Russia. The warning came too late. Public readings by writers including Voznesensky and Yevtushenko had already grown to the point that huge stadiums could …

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Paris Review - Simone de Beauvoir, The Art of Fiction No. 35

Interviewed by Madeleine Gobeil<p>Issue 34, Spring-Summer 1965<p>Simone de Beauvoir had introduced me to Jean Genet and Jean-Paul Sartre, whom I had interviewed. But she hesitated about being interviewed herself: “Why should we talk about me? Don’t you think I’ve done enough in my three books of …

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Paris Review - James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78

Interviewed by Jordan Elgrably<p>Issue 91, Spring 1984<p>James Baldwin in Hyde Park, London. Photograph by Allan Warren, <i>The Paris Review</i> No. 129.<p>This interview was conducted in the two places dearest to James Baldwin’s struggle as a writer. We met first in Paris, where he spent the first nine years of a …

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Paris Review - James Dickey, The Art of Poetry No. 20

Interviewed by Franklin Ashley<p>Issue 65, Spring 1976<p>Photograph by Christopher Dicky<p>In 1960, when he was thirty-seven—an age at which most men have abandoned pretenses at having creative gifts—James Dickey published his first book of poetry, <i>Into the Stone,</i> a Scribner's <i>Poets of Today</i> volume that he …

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Watch J. Robert Lennon Discuss His First Novel

By Dan Piepenbring May 26, 2015<p>Welcome to “<b>My First Time</b>,” a new video series where writers discuss the trials of writing and publishing that first novel, that first play, that first book of poems. This is a chance to see how successful authors got their start, in their own words—it’s the portrait …

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An Interview with Ottilie Mulzet

By Valerie Stivers July 21, 2014<p>Art from the first Hungarian edition of <i>Seiobo járt odalent</i>, or <i>Seiobo There Below.</i><p><i>Translators of the Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai are a daring few, but they tend to win awards. This year’s Best Translated Book Award went to Ottilie Mulzet for the first</i> …

Paris Review - Ralph Ellison, The Art of Fiction No. 8

Interviewed by Alfred Chester & Vilma Howard<p>Issue 8, Spring 1955<p>Ralph Ellison, 1955.<p>When <i>Invisible Man,</i> Ralph Ellison’s first novel, received the National Book Award for 1953, the author in his acceptance speech noted with dismay and gratification the conferring of the award to what he called an …

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Paris Review - Vivian Gornick, The Art of Memoir No. 2

Interviewed by Elaine Blair<p>Issue 211, Winter 2014<p>Vivian Gornick photographed in New York City, in 2001, by Jill Krementz; all rights reserved.<p>Vivian Gornick has written about herself in friendship, in marriage, as a daughter, as a woman living alone in New York, as a writer who has difficulty with …

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Paris Review - Milan Kundera, The Art of Fiction No. 81

Interviewed by Christian Salmon<p>Issue 92, Summer 1984<p>Milan Kundera, ca. 1980. Photograph by Elisa Cabot<p>This interview is a product of several encounters with Milan Kundera in Paris in the fall of 1983. Our meetings took place in his attic apartment near Montparnasse. We worked in the small room that …

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Paris Review - Les Murray, The Art of Poetry No. 89

© Valerie Murray<p>The dairy farm at Bunyah where Les Murray grew up is located between Forster and Gloucester in the Manning River area of New South Wales; or—to adopt the Aboriginal names—it lies between the districts of Coolongolook and Bucca Wauka. According to one of his most moving poems, "The …

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Paris Review - Harold Pinter, The Art of Theater No. 3

Interviewed by Larry Bensky<p>Issue 39, Fall 1966<p>Still from BBC interview with Harold Pinter, 1969.<p>Harold Pinter had recently moved into a five-story 1820 Nash house facing Regent’s Park in London. The view from the floor-through top floor where he has installed his office overlooks a duck pond and a …

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Paris Review - Jeanette Winterson, The Art of Fiction No. 150

Interviewed by Audrey Bilger<p>Issue 145, Winter 1997<p>“I cannot recall a time when I did not know I was special,” writes Jeanette Winterson at the beginning of her fictionalized autobiography <i>Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit</i>. And, indeed, the facts of her life have supported that view. Born in Manchester …

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Paris Review - William Maxwell, The Art of Fiction No. 71

Interviewed by John Seabrook<p>Issue 85, Fall 1982<p>Photograph Brookie Maxwell<p>William Maxwell was interviewed in his East Side New York apartment. He wore a tie and blazer for the occasion. A tall, spare man, he sat on the edge of a low sofa, his knees nearly touching his chin. Twice he rose and went to …

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Paris Review - Carolyn Kizer, The Art of Poetry No. 81

Interviewed by Barbara Thompson Davis<p>Issue 154, Spring 2000<p>Carolyn Kizer was born in Spokane, Washington on December 10, 1925, a birth date shared with Emily Dickinson. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, studied at Columbia University as a fellow of the Chinese government and, in 1946, …

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