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Curtis Sittenfeld

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Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the new novel Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (due out April 2016) as well as the bestselling novels Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which have been translated into twenty-five languages. Curtis's writing has appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair,Time, Slate, Glamour, and on public radio's This American Life. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she currently lives in St. Louis, MO.

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Curtis Sittenfeld I first read P&P as a high school junior. I loved its humor, excellent character development, and swoony romance(s). I still love it, though…moreI first read P&P as a high school junior. I loved its humor, excellent character development, and swoony romance(s). I still love it, though re-reading it as I worked on Eligible did make me think about it in a more analytical way--how it's constructed, what technical choices Austen made (about revealing pieces of information, etc.)--rather than just losing myself in it as a reader.(less)
Curtis Sittenfeld This is a fascinating question that I've never consciously considered. I actually think that asking a writer about her own work in terms of its themes…moreThis is a fascinating question that I've never consciously considered. I actually think that asking a writer about her own work in terms of its themes is a bit like asking someone to describe her own personality--she is the least credible source. So I will leave it to others to try to answer this, though I will continue to think about it.(less)
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“I always worried someone would notice me, and then when no one did, I felt lonely.”
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“The better you learn to take care of yourself, the less you settle for being around people who can't or won't treat you as well as you're accustomed.”
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“There are people we treat wrong and later we're prepared to treat other people right. Perhaps this sounds mercenary, but I feel grateful for these trial relationships, and I would like to think it all evens out - surely, unknowingly, I have served as practice for other people.”
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