Conversations with William Maxwell by William Maxwell

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Maxwell's phrases spoken earlier than a crowd, a few formerly unpublished, pay relocating tribute to literary pals and mentors, and supply reflections at the creative existence, the method of writing, and his Midwestern background.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.

Show description

Read or Download Conversations with William Maxwell PDF

Similar literary criticism books

A Brief Guide to Stephen King

2014 marks the fortieth anniversary of the book of Stephen King's first novel Carrie in April 1974. Rescued from the garbage through his spouse Tabitha, the unconventional introduced the Maine schoolteacher on a prolific and terribly profitable occupation. His identify has turn into synonymous with horror and suspense via over fifty works, together with The darkish Tower, a retelling of Byron's Childe Harold to the darkish Tower got here.

Passion and Precision: Collected Essays on English Poetry from Geoffrey Chaucer to Geoffrey Hill

Ardour and Precision comprises twenty essays on various significant medieval and smooth English and Irish poets. the 1st half contains 3 chapters on Chaucer, together with a considerable new examine of Troilus and Criseyde, 4 on Chaucer's nice modern the Pearl-poet, and one evaluating the 2 poets.

"How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?": Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs (Gender and Culture)

American comics mirror the special sensibilities and studies of the Jewish American males who performed an oversized function in growing them, yet what concerning the contributions of Jewish girls? targeting the visionary paintings of 7 modern lady Jewish cartoonists, Tahneer Oksman attracts a amazing connection among ideas in modes of picture storytelling and the risky, contradictory, and ambiguous figurations of the Jewish self within the postmodern period.

Playing the Canterbury Tales: The Continuations and Additions

Enjoying the Canterbury stories addresses the additions, continuations, and reordering of the Canterbury stories present in the manuscripts and early revealed versions of the stories. Many sleek versions current a particular set of stories in a particular order, and infrequently pass over a whole corpus of continuations and additions.

Additional resources for Conversations with William Maxwell

Example text

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.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.66 of 5 – based on 20 votes