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Helen DeWitt

Autor(a) de The Last Samurai

6+ Works 2,754 Membros 100 Críticas 14 Favorited

About the Author

Helen Dewitt was born in 1957 in Takoma Park, Maryland. She grew up mainly in South America. She started a degree at Smith College in 1975 and dropped out twice, the first time to read Eliot and Proust, the second time to go to Oxford to study classics and philosophy. She received a B. A. at Lady mostrar mais Margaret Hall and a doctorate at Brasenose, then spent a year as junior research fellow at Somerville before deciding to give up academic life in 1989. She now lives in England. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Helen DeWitt

The Last Samurai (2000) 1,901 exemplares
Lightning Rods (2011) 374 exemplares
The English Understand Wool (2022) 241 exemplares
Some Trick: Thirteen Stories (2018) 228 exemplares
Your Name Here 9 exemplares

Associated Works

Anatomy of Melancholy: the best of A Softer World (2016) — Introdução — 45 exemplares
n+1, Number Six: Mainstream (2007) 21 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
DeWitt, Helen
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
Berlin, Germany
laundry worker



A light, dry, chilly short story about a teenager called Marguerite who is from a privileged background. The satirical jabs about the publishing industry are fun; the voice is entertaining, but the main character fails to entirely convince.
siriaeve | 5 outras críticas | Apr 20, 2024 |
The stories in this collection remind you repeatedly that Helen DeWitt is fiercely intelligent. Many of her protagonists are also fiercely intelligent. And it would be fascinating to witness her sitting down with them at a dinner party, but rather too frightening for one to attend. Many of these stories are from her early days in Oxford and efficiently take that as their setting. Others are set about the world and unsurprisingly involve characters with a profusion of languages. The subjects of the stories range wildly but all involve some sort of intellectual problem that needs resolution or at least confrontation. You will either find such esoteric manias thrilling or distressing.

The writing is always crisp and sometimes pointed. It can border on the introspective but interiority of this form is typically also expressive in some fashion. Probably best not to worry too much about it; just go along with the story and it will work itself out.

Easy to recommend but probably not for everyone.
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RandyMetcalfe | 7 outras críticas | Mar 14, 2024 |
This is a delicious little amuse-bouche of a book. Must have been quite fun for DeWitt to imagine and design a comeuppance for the crassly exploitative publishers of bestselling memoirs in the form of an unusual teenage girl. Easily read in around an hour.
lelandleslie | 5 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
Marguerite’s maman is a woman of high standards. She goes to Scotland to purchase a bolt of fine tweed. But she takes that tweed to London to have it made into clothes. Linen is purchased in Ireland but is cut for clothes in Paris. There are other strictures to her routine and Marguerite has taken all of them on board. So the sudden disappearance of Marguerite’s “parents” is less traumatic than might be expected. Even that these characters had made off with $100 million dollars of Marguerite’s real inheritance is not troublesome for her. She had, after all, been given a perfectly splendid education, and expressing dismay now would certainly display mauvais ton.

Helen DeWitt’s creation is an absolute delight. So measured and controlled. And, despite her youth, so wise. Even the brevity of the book is not distressing. An excess would, in Marguerite’s understanding, be mauvais ton.

Definitely recommended. Enjoy!
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RandyMetcalfe | 5 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |



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