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The Paris Review — Henry Miller, The Art of Fiction No. 28

Paris Review - Bret Easton Ellis, The Art of Fiction No. 216

Jay McInerney and Ellis in 1990.<p>Bret Easton Ellis was born in 1964 in Los Angeles, grew up in the San Fernando Valley, went to a local private school called Buckley, and drove his parents’ hand-me-down Mercedes 450SL. “In retrospect, we were pretty well-off,” he told me. “But at the time, I didn’t …

Paris Review - Truman Capote, The Art of Fiction No. 17

Interviewed by Pati Hill<p>Issue 16, Spring-Summer 1957<p>Sketch by Rosalie Seidler, 1957.<p>Truman Capote lives in a big yellow house in Brooklyn Heights, which he has recently restored with the taste and elegance that is generally characteristic of his undertakings. As I entered he was head and shoulders …

Paris Review - James M. Cain, The Art of Fiction No. 69

Interviewed by David Zinsser<p>Issue 73, Spring-Summer 1978<p>Author James M. Cain and fan, circa 1950s.<p>James M. Cain, best known as the author of <i>The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity,</i> and <i>Mildred Pierce,</i> was born in Maryland in 1892. After an army career and early aspirations of becoming a …

Paris Review - August Wilson, The Art of Theater No. 14

Interviewed by Bonnie Lyons and George Plimpton<p>Issue 153, Winter 1999<p>August Wilson has been referred to (by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.) as “the most celebrated American playwright now writing, and . . . certainly the most accomplished black playwright in this nation’s history.” Earlier this fall the …

Literature

Paris Review - Sam Shepard, The Art of Theater No. 12

Interviewed by Benjamin Ryder Howe, Jeanne McCulloch, and Mona Simpson<p>Issue 142, Spring 1997<p>This interview was conducted over several days in the living room of a Manhattan apartment by the East River. For the last meeting Sam Shepard arrived at the end of a late-afternoon snowstorm, his leather …

Paris Review - Terry Southern, The Art of Screenwriting No. 3

Interviewed by Maggie Paley<p>Issue 200, Spring 2012<p>Southern and William S. Burroughs covering the National Democratic Convention in Chicago for <i>Esquire</i>, 1968.<p>Terry Southern was born in 1924 in Alvarado, Texas, the son of a pharmacist and a dressmaker. He was drafted into the army during World War II …

Paris Review - Louise Erdrich, The Art of Fiction No. 208

Interviewed by Lisa Halliday<p>Issue 195, Winter 2010<p>O<p>Only one passenger train per day makes the Empire Builder journey from Chicago to Seattle, and when it stops in Fargo, North Dakota, at 3:35 in the morning, one senses how, as Louise Erdrich has written, the “earth and sky touch everywhere and …

Paris Review - Frederick Seidel, The Art of Poetry No. 95

Interviewed by Jonathan Galassi<p>Issue 190, Fall 2009<p>Frederick Seidel with friends, 2005.<p>Frederick Seidel lives, as he has for several decades, in a rambling, light-filled apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. The place is comfortable and inviting, with paintings by friends on the walls and …

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 …

Paris Review - Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction No. 203

Interviewed by Sam Weller<p>Issue 192, Spring 2010<p>Bradbury in 1978.<p>Ray Bradbury has a vacation house in Palm Springs, California, in the desert at the base of the Santa Rosa mountains. It’s a Rat Pack–era affair, with a chrome-and-turquoise kitchen and a small swimming pool in back. A few years ago, …