The Writer’s Chapbook:
A Compendium of Fact, Opinion, Wit, and Advice
from “The Paris Review” Interviews
Edited and with a preface by Nicole Rudick
Paris Review Editions, 2018
In 1989, George Plimpton compiled a survey of writers on writing—anecdotes, aphorisms, and excerpts culled from the Writers at Work interviews. Our new, updated edition brings together almost four hundred writers, editors, and translators from issue no. 1 to issue no. 224 to provide a rare glimpse of what being a writer is really like. Divided into four parts—“The Writer: A Profile,” “Technical Matters,” “Different Forms,” and “The Writer’s Life”—the book dilates on subjects such as first efforts, work habits, plot, writer’s block, prizes, and politics. Here are Gabriel García Márquez, E. M. Forster, Toni Morrison, Henry Green, Elena Ferrante, Arthur Miller, William Gibson, John Berryman, and many more discussing the nitty-gritty of the craft of writing.