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Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley, Richard Ford

In a special edition, Matthew Sweet explores depictions of American life and history with authors Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley and Richard Ford.

Matthew Sweet looks at depictions of American life and history in a special edition hearing from three American authors: Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley and Richard Ford.

Producer Fiona McLean.

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'Lila' by Marilynne Robinson is published by Virago.
'Let me be Frank with you' by Richard Ford is published by Bloomsbury and
'Some Luck' by Jane Smiley is published by Mantle.
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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Jane Smiley

    American novelist about her writing

    Duration: 11:39

  • Marilynne Robinson

    On her latest novel Lila and all her Gilead novels

    Duration: 18:21

  • Richard Ford

    Author of Frank Bascombe novels; the latest Let Me Be Frank With You.

    Duration: 10:04

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Sweet
Interviewed Guest Marilynne Robinson
Interviewed Guest Jane Smiley
Interviewed Guest Richard Ford
Producer Fiona McLean

Broadcast

The Arts & Ideas Podcast

The Arts & Ideas Podcast

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