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Writers’ Houses

In an essay, Here’s What I Hate About Writers’ Houses, from The New York Review of Books, the author states:

Here’s what I hate about Writers’ Houses: the basic mistakes. That art can be understood by examining the chewed pencils of the writer. That visiting such a house can substitute for reading the work. That real estate, including our own envious attachments to houses that are better, or cuter, or more inspiring than our own, is a worthy preoccupation. That writers can or should be sanctified. That private life, even of the dead, is ours to plunder.

 

I frankly never put that much thought into such hatred.

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An Interview with Germaine Greer

An obscure interview from January 2001 by Joan Fitzpatrick from Early Modern Literary Studies 6.3.

Joan Fitzpatrick interviewed Germaine Greer, Professor of English at the University of Warwick, who as well as having set up Stump Cross Books, which makes available work by women writers, is working on an edition of the complete works of the seventeeth-century poet Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea.

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John Steinbeck

From Today in Literature: On this day in 1947 John Steinbeck’s The Pearl was published, to coincide with the release of the film version. Steinbeck developed his “parable” from a traditional Mexican folk tale, and in such a way as to guarantee it a permanent position on the high school curriculum, but some biographers interpret it in a more personal way. Kino, the poor-but-happy fisherman who finds “the Pearl of the World,” is Steinbeck finding international wealth and fame with his previous book, The Grapes of Wrath; the ensuing confusion over values and lifestyle is reflected by Steinbeck’s marriage and alcohol problems; Kino’s loss of his son and his self-image are paralleled by Steinbeck’s problems with his sons and his persistent feeling that he had squandered his talent.

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