Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20110722, 20080307
Lisa See’s runaway best-selling novel, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, is now a summer 2011 movie. In this archive interview, See discusses the female characters in this novel and in Peony in Love, both set in imperial China, in the 17th and 19th centuries respectively. Discover how these characters—and their real-life historical inspirations—dealt with life in a male-dominated, oppressive culture. See talks about the importance of history in shaping her fiction.
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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