The Paris Review Interviews, Vols. 1-4 Review

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The Paris Review Interviews, Vols. 1-4 is an indispensable treasury of wisdom from the world’s literary masters. For more than half a century, The Paris Review has conducted in-depth interviews with leading novelists, poets, and playwrights. This beautiful slipcase edition brings together all four volumes of Picador’s selected Paris Review Interviews, including Q&As with Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, Kurt Vonnegut, Elizabeth Bishop, and many more.

The interviews present the nuances of modernism and postmodernism’s greatest scribes. The content ranges from the wit of Dorothy Parker to the mechanics of Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway, both of whom detail the hows of their writing process. The intense contradictions between writers as to how and what makes great literature ensure a captivating experience.

After pondering buying the first volume of this boxed set, I bought the boxed set on impulse. It’s worth every penny! The greatest authors of our recent history are thoroughly interviewed and probed regarding their daily life, writing habits, struggles, and greatest successes. The Paris Review Interviews have been a generous academic source and now I’m grateful to have the four-volume anthology on my desk.

I completed vol 1 and look forward to the following books for hours of pleasure. What a treasure trove of insight and fly on the wall listening pleasure where two intelligent people discuss literary works, work habits, experiences, and more. Each interview allows the reader to follow the trains of thought in the interviewer’s mind as if the subject and the reader are on the edge of their seats waiting for the next question. No trick questions. Some of the contrasts are striking. Hemingway, for example, seems very aggressive and paranoid while Borges is magical. Recommended highly.

This collection remains on my main bookcase, front and center. An amazing glimpse at writers and their lives and processes. Highly recommended- worth every penny to writers and readers.

Fascinating look into the minds of some of the great writers of the 20th century. I found it interesting to read the difficulty some great writers had in completing their work and that but for perseverance talent would not have won out.

You want a Phd in Lit for under $60.00. One of the best investments any writer can purchase for themselves. You learn at the feet of the greats. Yes, you can go to the Paris Review and get many of the same articles for free. Yet, with this…you can get it all for free. I love this idea.

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