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New American Classics

Mark Lawson examines the American fiction that made headlines in 2013, including interviews with Edith Pearlman, James Salter, Renata Adler, Julian Barnes and Ruth Rendell.

With Mark Lawson.

This year the shelf of great American authors unexpectedly lengthened when a novel called Stoner by John Williams, forgotten since its first appearance five decades ago, was republished to widespread acclaim. At the same time two neglected novels by Renata Adler received enthusiastic reviews when brought back into print after thirty years and two little known writers, 89 year old James Salter and 76 year old Edith Pearlman, were hailed as newly discovered geniuses. Salter, Pearlman and Adler reflect on literary resurrection and Julian Barnes and Ruth Rendell discuss the comeback of Stoner.

Producer: Ellie Bury.

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Renata Adler

Speedboat and Pitch Dark by Renata Adler are available in paperback and e-book now.

Edith Pearlman

Edith Pearlman

Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman is available in hardback, paperback and e-book now.

Photocredit: Suzanne Kreiter

James Salter

James Salter

All That Is by James Salter is available in hardback and e-book now.

Photocredit: Corina Arranz.

John Williams

John Williams

Stoner: A Novel by John Williams is available in hardback, paperback and e-book now.

A reissue of his book Butcher's Crossing will be published 2nd January 2014. 

Photocredit: Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries.


Role Contributor
Presenter Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest Edith Pearlman
Interviewed Guest James Salter
Interviewed Guest Renata Adler
Interviewed Guest Julian Barnes
Interviewed Guest Ruth Rendell
Producer Ellie Bury


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