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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Reconstructing 'Real Life'

“Writing is not a genteel profession; it's quite nasty and tough and kind of dirty.” – Rosemary Mahoney

Born in Boston on this date in 1961, Mahoney is the author of 6 books – including the multiple award-winning A Likely Story: One Summer With Lillian Hellman and the wonderful travelogue Down The Nile: Alone in a Fisherman’s Skiff.  Also the author of dozens of magazine articles, she has earned numerous accolades for her prose style.  One critic called her “…a literary talent that amounts to brilliance.”     Among her numerous writing awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the prestigious Whiting Writer’s Award for emerging writers.
A graduate of Harvard and Johns Hopkins, she holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland and makes her home in Greece.

“I think the most useful thing you can do as a writer is to reconstruct real life with all its color, hardship, joy, and intrigue,” she said of her writing style.   “If you're interested in people, you honor them best, I think, by making the fullest possible picture of them.”

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