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On Novels and Novelists

On Novels and Novelists

To give and reconcile: Lois Lowry discusses childhood, importance of fiction In a recent talk at Bowdoin College in Maine, award-winning author Lois Lowry discussed how her books in many ways reflect her own life: In a winding narrative of her life story, Lowry intertwined personal anecdotes, beginning with her childhood, with their parallels in …

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On Novels and Novelists

On Novels and Novelists

John Fowles, The Art of Fiction No. 109 This article originally appeared in the Summer 1989 issue of The Paris Review. James R. Baker interviews John Fowles, author of, among others, The Collector (1963) and The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969). Fowles says that he was heavily influenced by the existentialists. When the interview asks if …

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The Classics Club

The Classics Spin #9: “Cannery Row”

Back in March I won the opportunity to read John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row for The Classics Spin #9. And I mistakenly thought the completion date was May 15. In fact, it was May 5. Not that it really matters, since I’m a bit late either way. But I did finally finish reading the book on …

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