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Audio Interviews with Alison Lurie

Don Swaim talks with Alison Lurie about Erica Jong, how Lurie got started in writing at the Harvard writing program, her early days of working, and what it's like to write as well as teach writing. They also discuss Lurie's novel, Foreign Affairs, and why she never accepts an advance from a publisher.

Listen to the Alison Lurie interview with Don Swaim, October 16, 1984, RealAudio
(31 min. 09 sec.)

Fashion is a language, says Alison Lurie in this 1988 interview with Don Swaim. Novelist, academic, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Alison Lurie talks about her book, The Language of Clothes. As a language, fashion works faster than speech in conveying some traits. She explores regional differences in fashion between American men and women and how and why fashion changes occur.

Listen to the Alison Lurie interview with Don Swaim, September 27, 1988, RealAudio
(26 min. 03 sec.)

Alison Lurie is the author of three collections of traditional children's folk literature. In this 1990 interview with Don Swaim, Alison Lurie returns to talk about children and her method of writing children's books. Lurie explains how the development of children is similar to the development of the human race. She says most children don't like "goody goody" books. Lurie explains why she thinks The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and A Wrinkle in Time were subversive books for their time.

Listen to the Alison Lurie interview with Don Swaim, March 7, 1990, RealAudio
(29 min. 18 sec.)


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MP3 File (1988)

MP3 File (1990)

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