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 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 Writer...more


Average rating: 3.95 · 166,415 ratings · 19,655 reviews · 18 distinct works · Similar authors
The Secret History
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 76,729 ratings — published 1992 — 92 editions
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The Goldfinch
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 73,583 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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The Little Friend
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 15,825 ratings — published 2002 — 55 editions
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The Secret History & The Li...
4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 100 ratings
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A Christmas Pageant
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 1993
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The Ambush
4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2006
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2004
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De Schotse baret
3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 19 ratings — published 1999
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Tam O'Shanter
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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 rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming.”
Donna Tartt, The Secret History

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

“Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw,' that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn't. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs.”
Donna Tartt, The Secret History

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