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The Paris Review No. 74, Fall-Winter 1978

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Joan Didion on experience, lies, and the Art of Fiction.

“I managed to do well academically at Syracuse despite the concerted efforts of my sorority to prevent me . . .” Joyce Carol Oates on the Art of Fiction.

Margaret Drabble on Freud, motherhood, and the use of education to a woman.

Stories by Pati Hill and Alexander Theroux. Poems by Thomas Lux, Jay Parini, and Derek Walcott.

Table of Contents


Jessica Apple, Animal Scary Scary

Max Apple, The Four Apples

Raymond Federman, The Voice in the Closet

Eugene K. Garber, The President

Barbara Grossman, My Vegetable Love

Pati Hill, Dreams Objects Moments

Ray Russell, Dr. Justino Ybarra, Dispeller of Blindness

Alexander Theroux, A Polish Joke


Joan Didion, The Art of Fiction No. 71  Full Text

Margaret Drabble, The Art of Fiction No. 70  Full Text

Joyce Carol Oates, The Art of Fiction No. 72  Full Text


Ai, Two Poems

Jason Bell, The Invisible Child

Christopher Bursk, Two Poems

Bartolo Cattafi, Two Poems

Patricia Hampl, Tired Of

Lawrence Kearney, The Cyclists

Lynne Lawner, Fresh Snow

Thomas Lux, Two Poems

Thomas Masiello, Music

Thomas McCarthy, The Word 'Silk'

Julia Mishkin, You Show Me Your Slides of India

Sharon Olds, The Sisters of Sexual Treasure

Jay Parini, Seasons of the Skin

Peggy Rizza, Two Poems

Elizabeth Spires, After Three Japanese Drawings

Gerald Stern, Three Poems

Arthur Vogelsang, Two Poems

Derek Walcott, Two Poems

James L. White, The Salt Ecstasies

Charles Wright, Called Back


Vincente Aleixandre, An Essay and Six Poems


George Plimpton, Notice


Nicholas Africano, Photographing

Alexis Smith, Italics