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Claire Messud and Anne Enright on Writing

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The transformative experience of a “single successful sentence” is one of the many reasons why Claire Messud is driven to tell stories. In her evocative new essay collection, Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, she sorts through those reasons like old photos in a keepbox.

Man Booker-winning Anne Enright (Actress, The Gathering) joins Messud in a thoughtful conversation on the travels, people, and books that have nourished their devotion to literature.

Daniel Mendelsohn from the New York Review of Books will moderate.


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In Conversation

  • Claire Messud

    Claire Messud

    Claire Messud

    Claire Messud is a recipient of Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of six works of fiction including the New York Times bestsellers The Emperor’s Children and The Burning Girl, which was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

    Photo courtesy of Ulf Andersen.

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    Anne Enright

    Anne Enright

    Anne Enright is author of five novels, most recently Actress. Among the awards she has received are the Man Booker Prize for The Gathering and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for The Forgotten Waltz. She lives in Dublin.

    Photo courtesy of Stuart Simpson for Penguin 2020.