The Paris Review Interviews

The Paris Review Interviews

Paperback The Paris Review

By (author) Philip Gourevitch, Introduction by Philip Gourevitch

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 524 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 37mm | 556g
  • Publication date: 18 January 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1841959251
  • ISBN 13: 9781841959252
  • Edition statement: Main
  • Sales rank: 126,495

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From William Faulkner's famous reply, 'The writer's only responsibility is to his art,' to James Salter's confession 'What is the ultimate impulse to write? Because all this is going to vanish', the Paris Review has elicited many of the most arresting, illuminating, and revealing discussions of life and craft from the greatest writers of our age. Under its original editor, George Plimpton, the Paris Review is credited with inventing the modern literary interview, and more than half a century later the magazine remains the master of the form. By turns intimate, instructive, gossipy, curmudgeonly, elegant, hilarious, cunning, and consoling, the Paris Review interviews have come to be celebrated as classic literary works in their own right. Now, from the treasure trove of the archives, Paris Review editor Philip Gourevitch has selected twenty of the most essential interviews for the first of a four volume set. The authors are: Dorothy Parker, Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot, Saul Bellow, Jorge Luis Borges, Kurt Vonnegut, James M. Cain, Rebecca West, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Stone, Robert Gottlieb, Richard Price, Billy Wilder, Jack Gilbert and Joan Didion.

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Philip Gourevitch was named editor of The Paris Review in 2005, succeeding George Plimpton, who was editor from 1953 until his death in 2003.

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"The Paris Review is one of the few truly essential literary magazines of the twentieth century--and now of the twenty-first. Frequently weird, always wonderful." Margaret Atwood "I have all the copies of the Review and like the interviews very much. They will make a good book when collected and that will be very good for the Review." Ernest Hemingway "I have been fascinated by the Paris Review interviews for as long as I can remember. Taken together, they form perhaps the finest available inquiry into the 'how' of literature, in many ways a more interesting question than the 'why." Salman Rushdie"