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PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEWS | Writers at Work Series now accessible online



Writers at Work

The Paris Review, the great literary journal — co-founded by George Plimpton, Peter Matthiessen, William Pène du Bois, Thomas Guinzburg, Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, John P. C. Train, and Blair Fuller, among other now-legendary writers and editors — unveiled last week a new web site and a big archive of interviews with famous literary figures. Spanning five decades, the interviews often talk about the “how” of literature (to borrow a phrase from Salman Rushdie) – that is, how writers go about writing. Rummaging through the archive, you will encounter conversations with T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Ernest Hemingway, Simone de Beauvoir, Saul Bellow, Jorge Luis Borges, Norman Mailer, Mary McCarthy, Vladimir Nabokov, John Steinbeck, Joan Didion, Kurt Vonnegut, Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver, Russell Banks, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Paul Auster, Jonathan Franzen, et al. And, amazingly, this list only scratches the surface of what’s available.
— Dan Colman (Open Culture)

These interviews are separately available in book format: The Paris Review Interviews • Volumes 1-4

Paris Review | Spring 1955

“The Negro novelist draws his blackness too tightly around him when he sits down to write—that’s what the anti-protest critics believe—but perhaps the white reader draws his whiteness around himself when he sits down to read”
— Ralph Ellison on the Art of Fiction

Paris Review | Summer 1955 | 75 cents or 200 francs

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