By William Maxwell
Conversations with William Maxwell collects thirty-eight interviews, public speeches, and feedback that span 5 a long time of the esteemed novelist and New Yorker editor's profession. The interviews jointly handle the whole thing of Maxwell's literary work—with in-depth dialogue of his brief tales, essays, and novels together with They got here Like Swallows, The Folded Leaf, and the yank e-book award-winning see you later, See You Tomorrow—as good as his forty-year tenure as a fiction editor operating with such luminaries as John Updike, John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Vladimir Nabokov, and J.D. Salinger.
Maxwell's phrases spoken earlier than a crowd, a few formerly unpublished, pay relocating tribute to literary pals and mentors, and supply reflections at the creative existence, the method of writing, and his Midwestern background. All continue the reserved poignancy of his fiction.
The quantity publishes for the 1st time the whole transcript of Maxwell's vast interviews along with his biographer and, in an advent, correspondence with writers together with Updike and Saul Bellow, which enlivens the tales at the back of his interviews and appearances.
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MAXWELL: I don’t think about it. I just enjoy reading. CA: Unlike the New Yorker, many good magazines haven’t been able to stay in business. What do you attribute this to? MAXWELL: Postal rates have gone up tremendously over the years. The very thing the government should subsidize is instead being penalized out of existence. It’s lamentable. CA: What do you think is the future of magazines? MAXWELL: Oh, I’m no good at predicting the future. Some people can do it, unusually thoughtful people, perhaps, but I’m not one of them.
MAXWELL: Well, at least it places me in good company. J E A N W. R O S S / 1 9 7 9 25 CA: Much of your writing—the novels especially—shows a great pride in your Midwestern heritage, unlike the satire in some of the earlier Midwestern writers. Would you comment on that? MAXWELL: I grew up in the Midwest; I think and speak as a Midwesterner. I’ve lived in New York City most of my adult life, and I like it here, but I still think of myself as a Midwesterner. CA: Are the experiences of living in New York City heightened by contact with your Midwestern background?
Just so the dog asleep on the hearthrug dreams. You can see by the faint jerking movement of his four legs that he is after a rabbit. The novelist’s rabbit is the truth—about life, about human character, about himself and therefore, by extension, it is to be hoped, about other people as well. He is committed to the belief that this is all knowable, can be described and recorded by a person suﬃciently dedicated to describing and recording, can be caught in a net of narration. In this he is encouraged by the example of other writers—Turgenev, say, with his particular trick of spreading out his 6 CO N V E R S AT I O N S W I T H W I L L I A M M A X W E L L arms and taking oﬀ, like a great bird, leaving the earth and soaring high above the ﬁnal scenes; or D.