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A Novelist and Survivor on the Lasting Effects of Child Abuse

Allison's novel "Bastard Out of Carolina" has been adapted to a new movie that will be shown on the Showtime cable channel this weekend. The 1992 novel is about a poor South Carolina family's violence and incest, and it's largely autobiographical. She says that she doesn't like most abuse literature out today because it tends to eroticize abuse. Allison has also written a book of short stories called "Trash" and a book of poems called "The Women Who Hate Me." This interview originally aired 9/9/92.


Novelist Sigrid Nunez on the Fantasy of Infidelity

Nunez's debut autobiographical novel was "A Feather on the Breath of God." Her newest is "Naked Sleeper." (HarperCollins). One reviewer calls it "a fine novel of maturing at 40." Another writes that it's "a steady, superbly insightful study of a life as quietly complex as the reader's own."


Canadian Author Alice Munro

Munro has a new collection called "Selected Stories." Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review. She's written seven previous short story collections, and has received Canada's highest literary prize three times.


A Charmed, Comic Circle of Villages Make Up Angela Thirkell's Fictional Countryside.

Book Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two re-issues from novelist Angela Thirkell, The Headmistress and Growing Up. The publishing company is Moyer Bell. Both books were originally published in the 1940s in Great Britain. Thirkell had a loyal following of readers who in the late 1930s and 40s would set up reading groups called "Thirkell Circles." Thirkell wrote nearly 40 novels.


Humorist Fran Lebowitz on Writing and Not Writing

The Washington Post called Lebowitz "the funniest woman in America." Her first children's book Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas was published in 1994. In 1978, Lebowitz wrote the critically acclaimed book Metropolitan Life a collection of witty essays about life. (REBROADCAST FROM 1/3/95)


Exploring the Life of a "Major Minor Writer"

Biographer Deirdre Bair has written acclaimed biographies of Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir. Her newest subject is writer and diarist Anais Nin. A reviewer in the Kirkus Reviews writes, "Bair's Nin emerges as the complex woman she was, a woman who inspired both wrath and passion in those whose paths crossed hers. It's called Anais Nin: A Biography.


Humorist Fran Lebowitz on Writing and Not Writing

The Washington Post has called Lebowitz "the funniest woman in America." She's come out with her first children's book, "Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas." In 1978 she wrote the critically acclaimed essay collection "Metropolitan Life." Lebowitz joins Fresh Air to talk about how her relationship with writing has changed now that she's middle-aged.


Anne Perry on Coming to Terms with Her Past

British mystery writer Anne Perry is the author of 19 crime novels based in Victorian England. It was recently discovered that, forty years ago, Perry took part in a murder. She was 15 and on medication for an illness she had at the time. She went to jail for five and a half years. A new movie about that time has just been released, called "Heavenly Creatures." (Rebroadcast).

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