To start with, look at all the books. There were her Edith Wharton novels, arranged not by title but date of publication; there was the complete Modern Library set of Henry James, a gift from her father on her twenty-first birthday; there were the dog-eared paperbacks assigned in her college courses, a lot of Dickens, a smidgen of Trollope, along with good helpings of Austen, George Eliot, and the redoubtable Brontë sisters. There were a whole lot of black-and-white New Directions paperbacks, mostly poetry by people like H.D. or Denise Levertov. There were the Colette novels she read on
Jeffrey Eugenides, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Middlesex" and "The Marriage Plot," answers readers' questions about inhabiting his characters, the origins of his new novel, and the one quality every successful writer shares.
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