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Donna Tartt




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December 23, 1963 (age 60) Greenwood, Mississippi (

Notable works
Notable awards
WH Smith Literary Award (2003)Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2014)Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction (2014)

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Literary movement

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Donna Tartt (born December 23, 1963) is an American writer, the author of the novels The Secret History (1992), The Little Friend (2002), and The Goldfinch (2013). Tartt won the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for The Goldfinch in 2014. She was included in the list of the "100 Most Influential People" compiled by Time magazine in 2014.


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Life and career

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Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta, and raised in the nearby town of Grenada.

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She enrolled in the University of Mississippi in 1981, and her writing caught the attention of Willie Morris when she was a freshman. Following a recommendation from Morris, Barry Hannah, then an Ole Miss writer in residence, admitted the eighteen-year-old Tartt into his graduate course on the short story. "She was deeply literary," said Hannah. "Just a rare genius, really. A literary star." Following the suggestion of Morris and others, she transferred to Bennington College in 1982, where she was friends with fellow students Bret Easton Ellis, Jill Eisenstadt, and Jonathan Lethem. At Bennington she studied classics with Claude Fredericks. She dated Ellis for a while after they shared their works in progress, The Secret History and Less Than Zero, respectively.

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In 2002, Tartt was reportedly working on a retelling of the myth of Daedalus and Icarus for the Canongate Myth Series, a series of novellas in which ancient myths are reimagined and rewritten by contemporary authors. In 2006, Tartt's short story "The Ambush" was included in the Best American Short Stories 2006.

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Tartt is Roman Catholic.

Style and literary themes

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Tartt has largely written in neo-romanticism-inflected prose that borrows heavily from the stylings of nineteenth-century literature. This prose style is uncommon in contemporary American literary fiction, particularly with the tendency of fiction writers and literary critics to favor a briefer, more to-the-point prose style. Her prose style stands in stark contrast to that of her former classmate Bret Easton Ellis, whose novel Less Than Zero incorporates a similar setting and has some overlap in character types and themes but is written in a curt, minimalist style.

A number of recurring literary themes occur in Tartt's novels, including those related to social class and social stratification, guilt, and aesthetic beauty.


  • 2003 WH Smith Literary Award – The Little Friend
  • 2003 Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist – The Little Friend
  • 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award (fiction) shortlist – The Goldfinch
  • 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction shortlist – The Goldfinch
  • 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction – The Goldfinch
  • 2014 TIME 100 The 100 Most Influential People
  • 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence for FictionThe Goldfinch
  • Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List, 2014
  • 2014 Malaparte Prize (Italy) – The Goldfinch
  • References

    Donna Tartt Wikipedia

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