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Donna Tartt in the News

  • Jenna Bush Hager December 2022 Read With Jenna Pick - TODAY
  • A&E Book Club: Three books to read this November - University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily
  • How 'The Secret History' Conjures Haunting New England Winters - Atlas Obscura
  • The best new books to read in November - The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The Best Novel of 2022 - Splice Today
  • ‘The Secret History’: Why the quintessential ‘young American snob’s novel’ is trending on TikTok - EL PAÍS USA
  • Cult Shop: the New York stationer for socialites - Financial Times
  • 10 Fascinating Facts About Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' - Mentalfloss
  • Books on BookTok: the resurgence of dark academia - The Bookseller
  • The Literary Life of Enya - Book Riot
  • Sander Lak on His New Book, 'The Colors of Sies Marjan' - ELLE
  • Donna Tartt's The Secret History at 30 - The New Statesman
  • Fall Narratives to Help You Cling on to the Last Days of Autumn - The Dartmouth
  • Reliving History: My 30 Years with THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt - Book Riot
  • Dark Academia Should Exist Beyond Donna Tartt's 'The Secret History' and Racist Tropes - The Mary Sue
  • November Book Club is Here! | -
  • Donna Tartt's The Secret History is a writer's idea of holiday reading – Laura Waddell - The Scotsman
  • The Relationship Between Gender and Trauma in Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" - Inquiries Journal
  • Donna Tartt's “The Secret History” as Revenge Fantasy - lareviewofbooks
  • Kerri Maher, author of ‘The Paris Bookseller’ and other historical novels, takes a contemporary approach to reading - The Boston Globe
  • Union County library events for December | Community | -
  • Sander Lak on the Colourful Legacy of Sies Marjan - AnOther Magazine
  • Why Gen Z love The Secret History - Prospect Magazine
  • Donna Tartt's lawyer sends off warning letters over Bennington College podcast - Page Six
  • Interview With Donna Tartt About The Goldfinch - Town & Country
  • The Harvard Crimson - Harvard Crimson
  • 25 Best Psychological Thrillers Books That Are Sure to Creep You Out -
  • Why Donna Tartt's The Secret History Never Became a Movie - Town & Country
  • Donna Tartt on the Singular Voice, and Pungent Humor, of Charles Portis - The New York Times
  • “Fabulous Outfits, Breathlessly Described.” A Reading List of Literary “It” Girls - Literary Hub
  • Reading Pathways: Donna Tartt - Book Riot
  • "So Coke-y…So Entitled!”: This Is What It Was Like Going to Bennington College With Bret Easton Ellis, Donna Tartt, and Jonathan Lethem - Vanity Fair
  • Opinion | The Season of Dark Academia - The New York Times
  • Looking for a memorable summer read? Here & Now's staff has you covered - WBUR News
  • Tartt for Tartt's Sake: The Secret History at 30 - Gawker
  • New Year, New Reads: Seven Reviews for Your 2022 - Wesleyan Argus
  • Chris Pavone's 6 favorite books you won't be able to put down - The Week
  • Lili Anolik On Dark Academia, Donna Tartt’s Influence, & Her New Podcast - Bustle
  • Crime Novels With a Strong Sense of Place and Inimitable Atmosphere - CrimeReads
  • The Young Accomplice by Benjamin Wood review — Britain's answer to Donna Tartt - The Times
  • Donna Tartt: By the Book - The New York Times
  • The secret herstory: what happened to Donna Tartt's women? - The Guardian
  • Donna Tartt's College Years (and 6 More Podcasts Worth Trying) - Vulture
  • Remembering the Doomed Donna Tartt Character Bunny Corcoran, Himbo Supreme - Jezebel
  • Opinion | The value of young adult fiction - Daily Northwestern
  • The Bookseller Who Helped Transform Oxford, Mississippi - The New Yorker
  • Now In-Demand at Fashion Houses and Galleries? Novelists and Poets - The Wall Street Journal
  • Donna Tartt: the slow-burn literary giant - The Guardian
  • Why Donna Tartt's THE SECRET HISTORY Needs An Adaptation - Nerdist
  • Seven books to spice up your summer reading list - Duke Chronicle
  • Dark Academia’s Roots Lie in the Campus Novel - JSTOR Daily
  • Donna Tartt Talks, a Bit, About ‘The Goldfinch’ - The New York Times
  • I Can't Stop Thinking About Donna Tartt's Dorm-Room Martini Hours - The Cut
  • The Most Ambitious Diary in History - The New Yorker
  • The cult of Donna Tartt - Prospect Magazine
  • Interview: The very, very private life of Ms Donna Tartt -
  • A Book from the Brink - The American Conservative
  • I Wrote A Book About How To Live When Your Best Friend Disappears - Electric Literature
  • Donna Tartt 'surprised' by Pulitzer for 'Goldfinch' - USA TODAY
  • 10 Dark Academia Reads to Obsess Over this Autumn - BookTrib
  • Lit Hub Daily: October 4, 2022 ‹ Literary Hub - Literary Hub
  • The Latinist by Mark Prins book review - The Washington Post
  • Ten reasons why we love Donna Tartt's The Secret History - The Guardian
  • Where to Start with Dark Academia Fiction - CrimeReads
  • PODCASTING: Podcast explores novelists Tartt, Ellis, '80s decadence - Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Books you should read in your 20s - The Post
  • 'The Goldfinch': What's changed from Donna Tartt's book? (Spoilers) - USA TODAY
  • Our Favorite "Dark Academia" Books Are Perfect for Fall - Distractify
  • Donna Tartt Sends Legal Warning to "Once Upon a Time... At Bennington College" Podcast - InsideHook
  • NYC pad where Bret Easton Ellis wrote 'American Psycho' asks $1.5M - New York Post
  • Donna Tartt takes flight with 'The Goldfinch' - Los Angeles Times
  • The joy of crime fiction: authors from Lee Child to Paula Hawkins pick their favourite books - The Guardian
  • People Are Sharing The One Book That Has Stood Out To Them In All Their Years Of Reading - BuzzFeed
  • Stars like Sienna Miller deserve privacy, not least so they can get on with entertaining us - iNews
  • 7 Novels About Wealthy People Behaving Badly ‹ CrimeReads - CrimeReads
  • Donna Tartt: "I've tried to write faster and I don't really enjoy it" - CBS News
  • On Her Shelf: 'Alias Emma' Author on British Intelligence, the Spy Who Fooled Her and the Best Thriller She’s Read Lately - Parade Magazine
  • Donna Tartt’s ‘Goldfinch’ - The New York Times
  • The ethics of dark academia – Palatinate - Palatinate
  • Donna Tartt: "The fun thing about writing a book is that it really is a different life" - Salon
  • The Challenges of Placing Real Art in Fictional Stories - Literary Hub
  • Why the backlash against Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch' was so extreme (2014 Year in Review) - OregonLive
  • Books to put you in a 'dark academia' mood for fall - The Scribe - The Scribe
  • ‘The Goldfinch,’ a Dickensian Novel by Donna Tartt - The New York Times
  • Five of the best recently published art-inspired novels - Art Newspaper
  • Book Review: 'The Goldfinch' By Donna Tartt - NPR
  • Q&A: Donna Tartt - The Guardian
  • Donna Tartt: Is this the year of The Goldfinch? - The Guardian
  • 15 Best Books to Read by the Fire This Fall and Winter - Oprah Mag
  • R.F. Kuang's New Book "Babel" Decolonizes Dark Academia - Oprah Mag
  • Q&A: Donna Tartt on 'The Goldfinch' – Chicago Tribune - Chicago Tribune
  • The New Curiosity Shop - The New Yorker
  • Death and The Secret History: Why Donna Tartt's first novel was never a movie - Stuff
  • 21 Of 2022's Most-Anticipated YA Novels Coming This Summer And Fall - Forbes
  • Maggie Shipstead: ‘Elena Ferrante made me reconsider how I write’ - The Guardian
  • Joan Didion honored by hundreds at memorial - Los Angeles Times
  • Not the Booker prize shortlist: a long look at Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch - The Guardian
  • Page and Screen: How Well Do You Know This Best-Selling Author? - The New York Times
  • Donna Tartt drops her agent, shocks literary community - New York Post
  • ’90s-Inspired Literary Gifts - Book Riot
  • News Archive

    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.

    Read the Prologue.

    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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