Helen DeWitt Interview

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Helen DeWitt conversed with The Awl about her new novel Lighting Rods. Elaborating on influences and stylistic devices, DeWitt opens up about fantasies, detail-orientation, and 18th century satirists.

“But as soon as you bring up 18th-century satirists I think: Of course! Or rather, I think: Not just 18th-century satirists (though I love Swift, Pope, Voltaire, Diderot)—a whole procession of 18th-century writers flash through the mind, relevant not just to this book but to the many queueing up on my hard drive.”.


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →