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Sixteen of the world's great women writers speak about their work, their colleagues, and their lives. For More Than Forty Years, the acclaimed Paris Review interviews have been collected in the Writers at Work series. The Modern Library relaunches the series with the first of its specialized collections -- interviews with sixteen women novelists, poets, and playwrights, all offering rich commentary on the art of writing and on the opportunities and challenges a woman writer faces in contemporary society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780679771296
ISBN-10: 0679771298
Format: Paperback
(205mm x 135mm x 30mm)
Pages: 473
Imprint: Random House USA Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 19-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United States


US Kirkus Review » This updated collection offers comforting yet intense views of 16 modern female literary icons from Mary McCarthy to Joyce Carol Oates. This revision of the 1988 collection contains new pieces on Toni Morrison, Susan Sontag, and Maya Angelou, plus many entries familiar to veteran Paris Review readers, like those on Dorothy Parker and Katherine Anne Porter. All together, it makes for a sweet gathering of many of the finest female' writers of the century. Margaret Atwood is reliably erudite in her introduction exploring her subjects' views of what makes a "woman writer," which is epitomized by Mary McCarthy: "I think they become interested in decor." The writers themselves are a largely precise, self-effacing bunch, many noting late literary starts and unrelated career intentions. Nadine Gordimer wanted to be a dancer, Joan Didion an actress, Elizabeth Bishop a composer. In addition to digressions on the writing process, there are amusing, endearing asides that draw the writer closer to the reader: Brooklynite Marianne Moore misses the Dodgers ("and I am told that they miss us," she adds). They are also women who know themselves pretty well; their insights span more than writing. A good collection to have around on principle, and genuinely inspiring. (Kirkus Reviews)

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