A collection of beloved authors on beloved writers, including Martin Amis on Saul Bellow, Truman Capote on Willa Cather, and Salman Rushdie on Christopher Hitchens, as featured in Vanity Fair
What did Christopher Hitchens think of Dorothy Parker? How did meeting e.e. cummings change the young Susan Cheever? What does Martin Amis have to say about how Saul Bellow’s love life influenced his writing? Vanity Fair has published many of the most interesting writers and thinkers of our time. Collected here for the first time are forty-one essays exploring how writers influence one another and our culture, from James Baldwin to Joan Didion to James Patterson.
“There are enough gems of this trivially miscellaneous kind to recommend Vanity Fair’s Writers on Writers on this front alone… ‘Writers on Writers’ which, ever the graceful host, offers up its own scattered jets of shining bubbles.”—New York Times
“Rich and delicious… Witty and insightful.”—Publishers Weekly
“A compelling anthology pairing essayists and writerly subjects that will be enjoyed by readers of Vanity Fair and book lovers in general.”—Library Journal
“Shimmering pieces on the literary life…All, subjects and writers alike, are people whose company a literary-minded reader will seek…essential.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Vanity Fair’s Writers on Writers is a stellar collection of entertaining and insightful essays by writers, about writers, culled from the magazine’s 103-year-old archives. Dominick Dunne, Truman Capote and Salman Rushdie are just a few of the A-list authors included.”—Good Housekeeping