Saturday September 26, 2020

Soul of DeWitt

Patrick DeWitt led a somewhat wayward life as a young man, but he was never in any doubt about his dream of a career as a writer

6th November, 2011
Patrick DeWitt: 'It's really hard to make a living as a novelist, and very few people pull it off' Photo: Tony O'Shea

Patrick DeWitt was in despair. Having begun his writing career with lofty literary ambitions, the American novelist had published one novel, Ablutions, but had hit a wall while attempting to write the follow-up. DeWitt had changed his mind, not only about what he wanted to write about, but also about what he wanted to read.

"I wanted to be, maybe not entertained exactly, but I didn't want to have to work so hard to get...

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