I Heart Donna Tartt: 10 Facts About Mysterious Author of ‘The Goldfinch’

I Heart Donna Tartt: 10 Facts About Mysterious Author of ‘The Goldfinch’

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Donna Tartt has written three books in her thirty-year writing career—each intricate, fascinating, and hugely different from one another. She broke out in 1992 with her debut The Secret History, a tale of ritual, murder, and intrigue among an insular, intense group of college students at a small college in Vermont. She followed this almost a decade later with The Little Friend, a divisive tale of childhood and revenge which asked more questions than it answered. Her third novel, The Goldfinch, won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, and is now being adapted for the big screen. Tartt is without question one of my …

I Heart Donna Tartt: 10 Facts About Mysterious Author of 'The Goldfinch'

I Heart Donna Tartt: 10 Facts About Mysterious Author of 'The Goldfinch'

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Donna Tartt has written three books in her thirty-year writing career—each intricate, fascinating, and hugely different from one another. She broke out in 1992 with her debut The Secret History, a tale of ritual, murder, and intrigue among an insular, intense group of college students at a small college in Vermont. She followed this almost a decade later with The Little Friend, a divisive tale of childhood and revenge which asked more questions than it answered. Her third novel, The Goldfinch, won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, and is now being adapted for the big screen. Tartt is without question one of my …

‘The Goldfinch’ Adaptation Grows Its Cast!

‘The Goldfinch’ Adaptation Grows Its Cast!

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With each casting announcement I grow equal parts more apprehensive and excited for the upcoming adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.    First, Ansel Elgort was named the protagonist, Theodore Decker, a young man who, as a child, survives a terrorist attack on an art museum, which kills his mother. His life subsequently takes many wild turns, leading him from New York to Las Vegas where he lives with his very dodgy dad, and then back to the East Coast where he becomes involved in art forgeries and the criminal underworld. It’s a trip. After Elgort, Dunkirk‘s Aneurin Barnard …

Sarah Paulson Joins Cast of ‘The Goldfinch’

Sarah Paulson Joins Cast of ‘The Goldfinch’

All three of Donna Tartt’s novels constitute three of my favorite books. They’re vast, intricate, dark, and cinematic. And yet none have yet been adapted for the big screen. That is about to change, however, with the news breaking that Warner Bros. finalized a deal with Amazon Studios to co-finance a film version of The Goldfinch.    Reader, I LOVE The Goldfinch. It is just supreme. And I must say, thus far I have not been overwhelmed by the choice of actors. Sarah Paulson is the third actor to be officially announced as part of the cast of the upcoming adaptation of Donna Tartt’s …

5 of the Best Named Characters in Literature

5 of the Best Named Characters in Literature

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As a child, I was obsessed with names. I bought myself an enormous book of baby names which remains to this day the most annotated text I own. But I wasn’t obsessed with babies. Just names. Names for pets, names for dolls, names for characters in games and stories and drawings. NAAAAAMES.   So here are some of my favorite names in literature. Not all of them, of course, because there are far too many. But some. Some really, really good ones.    1. Lancelot Satterwhite – Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff   Image Via Wikipedia    Many characters …