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The Paris Review Interviews, Vols. 1-4 Paperback – Box set, November 10, 2009


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Picador; Slp edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312429169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312429164
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Paris Review books should be given out at dinner parties, readings, riots, weddings, galas -- shindigs of every shape. And they're perfect for the classroom too, from high schools all the way to MFA programs. In fact, I run a whole semester-long creative writing class based on the interviews. How else would I get the world's greatest living writers, living and dead, to come into the classroom with their words of wisdom, folly and fury? These books are wonderful, provocative, indispensible."--Colum McCann, novelist and Hunter College professor

"The most remarkable and extensive interviewing project we possess. . . . A series of excursions, alternately purposeful and capricious, with side trips, stops for tea, and mystifications."--The New York Times
 
"A small treasure. The interviews are literary landmarks, and the gossip, humor, ideas, and practical advice dispensed are bracing."--San Francisco Chronicle
 
"Utterly absorbing . . . The interviews are all fascinating and often quite funny."--The Boston Globe
 

"Groundbreaking, eclectic, indispensable Q&As."--Elle

"The unguarded moment . . . that's the holy grail for any interviewer trying to discover what makes a writer tick. The Paris Review has a long history of delivering such moments in the author interviews it has conducted over the past half century."--The Seattle Times

"As The Paris Review Interviews reveals, there is an art to the interview and a value to what it brings. . . . In the best interviews, the exchange of question and answer brings the authors to life."--The Wall Street Journal

"Fascinating interviews . . . [The subjects] discuss their writing and methods with detail and candidness found nowhere else. While lit fans will undoubtedly be satisfied, aspiring authors will glean tremendous insight from these masters of the craft."--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)


"A stimulating, funny, and provocative snapshot of five decades' worth of (mostly) American literary history . . . The resulting conversations are luminous and often revelatory."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

 

"Fascinating . . . This book will intrigue and delight any serious reader or writer. It may even inspire."--The Times Literary Supplement (London)

 

"Here is a canon of great minds. . . . A fascinating attempt at getting to the heart of how writers work."--Financial Times (London)

About the Author

The Paris Review has published early and important work by Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul, Jeffrey Eugenides, A. S. Byatt, T. C. Boyle, William T. Vollmann, and many other great writers of the past half century. Some of the magazine's greatest hits have been collected by Picador in The Paris Review Book of People with Problems as well as The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators, and Waiting Rooms and The Paris Review Book of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsy, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, the Art of Writing, and Everything Else in the World Since 1953.

Philip Gourevitch was named editor of The Paris Review in 2005, succeeding George Plimpton, who was editor from 1953 until his death in 2003.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. Gilbert on March 9, 2010
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After pondering buying the first volume of this boxed set, I bought the boxed set on impulse. It's worth every penny! Not only is the boxed set a great savings (each of the four books retails in stores for $16) but I'm so glad I have three other volumes to enjoy after this first one.

The greatest authors of our recent history are thoroughly interviewed and probed regarding their daily life, their writing habits, their struggles and greatest successes, and more. For each author the interviewer also provides a two or three page introductory biography.

The Paris Review Interviews have been a generous academic source for me throughout my educational career, now I'm grateful to have the four volume anthology on my desk.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Mclafferty on July 13, 2010
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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 a whole bag of things. Wonderfully crafted. 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...
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By Book Addict on September 10, 2013
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This collection remains on my main bookcase, front and center. I've read them through in order, then gone back and randomly picked a few interviews here and there. It works either way. An amazing glimpse at writers and their lives and processes. I also like to keep a notebook nearby- the writers reference so many other books that I end up using it to create a "to read" list. Highly recommended- worth every penny to writers and readers.
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By G. McFadden on May 17, 2013
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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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I ordered this book because I had read a review by Jonathan Lethem that said this volume contained all the advice and wisdom an aspiring writer needs. Bold words, but true. These interviews present the nuances of modernism and postmodernisms greatest scribes. The four volumes are the pinnacle of interview-based journalism and the transcription and presentation of the conversational form is masterful. Add to that the content, which 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 (Capote lay down with the typewriter balanced on his knees and a martini in one hand, Hemingway stood from dawn to lunch at a crowded writing table in his bedroom). I'm only partway through the first volume, but the intense contradictions between writers as to how and what makes great literature ensures I'll continue taking my time - this experience is simply too good to rush.
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The collection of interview in the Paris Review are beyond one feeling! They cheer you, jeer at your selfish self. The pieces make the authors at interview come alive in their own elements.
Love the collection
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