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In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing (Paperback)

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In the Margins is an enjoyable collection of essays on the pleasures of reading and writing, on a life lived on paper, and on the joys of literary adventure. The origin story of a prolific literary figure, these essays outline Elena Ferrante’s development as both a reader and writer and some of her major influences. Almost like a behind the scenes tour of her work.

— Russell, New York


Four "pitch-perfect" (Oprah Daily) essays by the author of My Brilliant Friend and The Lost Daughter.

In these four crisp essays, Ferrante offers a rare look into the origins of her literary prowess. She describes her influences, her struggles, and her formation as both a reader and a writer; she warns against the perils of "bad language" and the ways in which it has long excluded women's truth; she proposes a choral fusion of feminine talent as she brilliantly discourses on the work of Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Ingeborg Bachmann, and many others.

An "incandescent...philosophical monograph on the nature of writing," (Molly Young, New York Times) this candid collection by one of the great novelists of our time is destined to delight general readers, writers, and Ferrante fans in equal measure.

"Everyone should read everything with Elena Ferrante's name on it."--The Boston Globe

Product Details
ISBN: 9781609458249
ISBN-10: 1609458249
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: March 11th, 2025
Pages: 112
Language: English