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The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch: A Novel by Donna Tartt
Release date: October 22, 2013

The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly anticipated new novel.

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America, and a drama of almost unbearable acuity and power. It is a story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the enormous power of art.

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Donna Tartt drops her agent, shocks literary community
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Author Donna Tartt has left her legendary agent Amanda “Binky” Urban in a move that's stunned the literary world after Urban landed Tartt a monster $3 million deal for the movie rights to her blockbuster novel “The Goldfinch.” Sources tell Page Six ...

'The Addams Family' Creeps Onto October 2019 Release Schedule For MGM
Also on that date is Warner Bros.' Goldfinch, which is based on Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, and Paramount Pictures' Are You Afraid of the Dark?, based on the 1990s Nickelodeon show of the same name. Cinesite Studios will provide ...

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'Goldfinch' Movie Casts Willa Fitzgerald – Variety
Willa Fitzgerald is in negotiations to play Kitsey Barbour in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios' adaptation of “The Goldfinch.” Ansel Elgort will portray Theo and “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard is Boris in the film from director John Crowley. Warner ...
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The fiction that got me through 2017 (opinion) - CNN -
During this polarized year, these works of fiction got me through it all and helped me better understand the stories unfolding around me, says Mitra Kalita.

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A 19th-century American slave memoir is a huge hit in Japan
Here's some scandalous publishing gossip for you: Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch, has fired her longtime agent Amanda Urban — right after Urban landed Tartt a $3 million movie deal. I know. At Electric Literature, Laura Gill talks about why ...

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'The Bonfire of the Vanities,' 30 Years Later
Commentary Magazine
Perhaps the most recent large-scale American novel that has accumulated both critical plaudits and an army of devoted readers on a level approaching Bonfire is Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch (2013, 784 pages). Its precipitating event is a huge terrorist ...

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Sarah Paulson cast in The Goldfinch adaptation - Flickering Myth
Flickering Myth (blog)
Variety reports that Paulson, after finishing up her work on American Horror Story for the season, will be looking to keep her busy schedule going by joining the cast of The Goldfinch. The acclaimed book by Donna Tartt is being adapted by Warner Bros ...
Sarah Paulson circling 'The Goldfinch' role | Showbiz | Malay Mail ...Malay Mail Online

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The fiction that got me through 2017
That's thanks to "The Goldfinch," where Donna Tartt takes us into the transitioning Las Vegas suburbs to understand "what tourists never see." When her main character Theo leaves New York and moves in with his deadbeat dad, he is welcomed by a sea of ...

The Bookseller

Foley's first crime novel pre-empted in six-figure deal
The Bookseller
The Hunting Party is the author's first crime novel and is described as combining elements of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None (HarperCollins) and The Secret History (Penguin) by Donna Tartt. The novel follows a a tight-knit group of Oxford ...


'The Goldfinch' Movie Adaptation Casts Willa Fitzgerald as Pippa ...
Willa Fitzgerald is in negotiations to play Pippa in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios' adaptation of “The Goldfinch.” Ansel Elgort will portray Theo and “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard is Boris in the film from director John Crowley. Warner Bros. had no ...

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What's Donna Tartt Working on Now?

With The Little Friend finally complete, Tartt is now reported to be working on a version of the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, due to be published by Canongate as part of a series that will feature updated fables by Philip Pullman, Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson and JM Coetzee.

The Little Friend

The hugely anticipated new novel by the author of The Secret History a best-seller nationwide and around the world, and one of the most astonishing debuts in recent times. Read all about it here.

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The Secret History - the movie

Director: Scott Hicks

Screenplay: Christopher Hampton

Runtime: 91 mins

A long-planned film of the book dropped into one of the most protracted developments hells in Hollywood history. The project passed through the indecisive hands of Alan Pakula, Christopher Hampton and Scott Hicks to end up (possibly...) as a Warner-Miramax venture with the sibling duo of Gwyneth Paltrow as producer and Jake Paltrow as director.

- Boyd Tonkin,, The Secret History: Whatever happened to Donna Tartt?, May 21, 2002

The best-selling Donna Tartt novel The Secret History continues its circuitous path towards the silver screen. Hyphenate Alan J. Pakula was the first to set to work on the project, initially planning to direct it, later merely to produce. His untimely death is but the latest in a series of setbacks for the piece, which has seen drafts by Rafael Yglesias, Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, and Christopher Hampton. Shine helmer Scott Hicks had expressed some interest in the pic, which tells the chilly tale of five students who are caught in the thrall of a brilliant classics professor, only to accidentally commit a murder while carying out an ancient Greek ritual.

-, the development report, April 1999

Donna Tartt, on her new novel, tentatively titled "Tribulation", due out early 2002

Excerpt from the interview

"When I was writing this book I was thinking very much about Stevenson, who I love, very much about Treasure Island and the pirates, and you know, Long John Silver, - books that I loved as a child. This is a book about children, but it's not a book for children. It's a frightening book. It's a scary book. It's fairly dark. It's about children coming into contact with adults. It doesn't take place wholly in the world of children (when I say children, I mean twelve years old...) And coming into contact with the world of adults in a very frightening way. (...) It's finished. I'm doing the edits now, the rewriting..." - Donna Tartt

The Secret History of Donna Tartt

by Mark Coles, Arts Correspondent


April 2001

"...Donna Tartt is preparing her comeback too... She has finished her second novel - well almost - 'I'm editing it down at the moment,' she says.
'It's a book about children - but not for children - its a frightening scary book about children coming into contact with the world of adults in a very frightening way'. So why had it taken so long to write? 'I can't write quickly. If I could write a book a year and maintain the same quality I'd be happy. I'd love to write a book a year but I don't think I'd have any fans'. Donna Tartt's new novel - with the provisional title 'Tribulation' is scheduled for publication early next year."

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Whatever Happened to Donna Tartt?


April 2001

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