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Women Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews (Women Writers at Work)
This selection includes interviews with some of literature's great women: Dorothy Parker, Katherine Anne Porter, Lillian Hellman and many more.
Paperback, 456 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Harvill Pr
(first published July 1st 1989)
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These women writers were interviewed in the pre-Internet, pre-laptop era, many used the typewriter, and some wrote their manuscripts in longhand. “Cut and Paste” was literal, using scissors and glue. And yet, their trials and tribulations were no different from what writers face today, just different. All believed in a story being told and not in merely having beautiful language leading nowhere. All were highly opinionated and I could immediately identify with them despite being of the opposite ...more
The book contains a series of very interesting interviews from the 1960s and 1970s with women writers including Susan Sontag, Simone de Beauvoir, Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer and Joyce Carol Oates. Especially excellent are those with Katherine Anne Porter, Rebecca West, Dorothy Parker, Eudora Welty and Joan Didion. Most surprising and revealing were the interviews with P.L.Travers, creator of the Mary Poppins Books and the poet Elizabeth Bishop, both of whom I knew only remotely. Wonderful stu ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Wwmrsweasleydo rated it it was ok · review of another edition
This was much less interesting and useful than I had been expecting. The main problem was the interviewers who asked sycophantic, bland questions then let the writers (a lot of whom were old ladies when they were interviewed) ramble on, failed to press them when they didn't answer the question set, and never picked up on interesting points made which could have opened up interesting areas or made one want to know more details or background circumstances to single sentence anecdotes. There was ...more