Interviews from the Edge: 50 Years of Conversations about Writing and Resistance

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Editors Mark Yakich and John Biguenet, both professors at Loyola University, New Orleans, present a fascinating half century of conversations with some of the most influential writers of the last hundred years. Interviews from the Edge is the kind of book teachers of literature could use to supplement class discussion but is also a worthwhile read on its own for anyone interested in these seminal writers.

The interviews themselves run the gamut from the personal to the political. Conducted for the publication New Orleans Review from 1968-2018, there is a little something for everyone in these surprising and, at times, sad interviews. To read Anais Nin is not impressed by the women writers of her day is a bit tragic given many of them, namely Joyce Carol Oates and Sylvia Plath, have certainly usurped her in the pantheon of letters. Other interviews, such as those with Eudora Welty, reveal a deep and observant nature from childhood that won’t surprise those who read and love her fiction.

The interview with James Baldwin from 1986 reveals not only the writer’s passions but the conundrum faced by all writers who move towards the personal in their work. In his words, those writers “simply have to realize” what they’re doing even if they “don’t quite know what the consequences will be.”

While the audience might not seem wide for Interviews from the Edge, it is a brilliant work of depth and scope many would appreciate.


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Author Mark Yakich, Editor • John Biguenet, Editor
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Bloomsbury Academic
Publish Date 2019-21-03
ISBN 9.78099E+12
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Issue April 2019
Category History
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