Donna Tartt

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Donna Tartt

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in Greenwood, Mississippi, The United States
December 23, 1963

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Donna Tartt (born 23 December 1963) is an American writer who received critical acclaim for her first two novels, The Secret History (1992) and The Little Friend (2002). Tartt was the 2003 winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend.

The daughter of Don and Taylor Tartt, she was born in Greenwood, Mississippi but raised 32 miles away in Grenada, Mississippi. At age five, she wrote her first poem, and she first saw publication in a Mississippi literary review when she was 13 years old.

Enrolling in the University of Mississippi in 1981, she pledged to the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. Her writing caught the attention of Willie Morris while she was a freshman. Following a recommendation from Morris, Barry Hannah, then an Ole Miss
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Average rating: 3.89 · 411,625 ratings · 44,136 reviews · 11 distinct works · Similar authors
The Goldfinch
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 264,865 ratings — published 2013 — 89 editions
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The Secret History
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 120,302 ratings — published 1992 — 116 editions
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The Little Friend
3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 23,031 ratings — published 2002 — 70 editions
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The Secret History & The Li...
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 198 ratings
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A Christmas Pageant
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 158 ratings — published 1993
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The Ambush
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 2006
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3.43 of 5 stars 3.43 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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Eine Strumpfbandnatter
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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Pollock 2
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October 2013, Donna Tartt
"Eleven years since her last book, the novelist who gave us The Secret History returns with The Goldfinch, the story of an orphan and the art world's dangerous underbelly." ...More

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“Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.”
Donna Tartt, The Secret History

“Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?”
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming.”
Donna Tartt, The Secret History

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