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The Paris Review No. 117, Winter 1990

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“All children ‘write.’ (And paint, and sing.) I suppose the real question is, why do so many people give it up? Intimidation, I suppose”: Margaret Atwood on the Art of Fiction.

An Art of Fiction interview with V. S. Pritchett

Stories by Jeffrey Eugenides and Reynolds Price. Poems by Margaret Atwood, Carolyn Kizer, Christopher Logue, and Les Murray.

Table of Contents


Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

Reynolds Price, Watching Her Die

Daniel Stern, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: A Story

Ruth Tarson, Woman Found Dead in Elevator


Margaret Atwood, The Art of Fiction No. 121  Full Text

V. S. Pritchett, The Art of Fiction No. 122  Full Text


Margaret Atwood, Frogless  Full Text

Blaise Cendrars, Panama, or the Adventures of My Seven Uncles

Jorie Graham, Who Watches from the Dark Porch

Carolyn Kizer, Twelve O’Clock  Full Text

Christopher Logue, Kings

Les Murray, Presence

Donald Revell, Last: 1991

John Tranter, Rain


Jacqueline Humphries, Contents Page: After

Jim Shaw, My Mirage