Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20110729, 20100903
A finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his fourth novel, The Surrendered, Chang-rae Lee spent 12 years writing this story that is set partially during the Korean War. It presents a harrowing view of the savagery of war, and draws on some his father's stories. Lee was born in Korea and came with his family to the U.S. when he was three years old. A graduate of Yale, he won six awards for his 1995 debut novel, Native Speaker. He teaches creative writing at Princeton, and talks about writing in first versus third person.
Growing up in a Philadelphia apartment above a liquor store, poet Ellen Bass thought her childhood was "the most mundane, pedestrian, unpoetic world you could possibly live in," but after many years and the death of her parents, she finds herself ...
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