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The Trilling Tapes: Lydia Davis

The Lionel Trilling Seminar

July 21, 2022

This Trilling Tapes recording is courtesy of The LRB Podcast from The London Review of Books.

Lydia Davis is a short story writer, novelist, essayist, and translator. She is the author of six collections of short stories, including Can’t and Won’t (2014) and The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (2009), and one novel, The End of the Story (1995). Her collection Varieties of Disturbance (2007) was nominated for the National Book Award. Davis is best known for her very short, micro- or “flash” fiction; many of her stories are a single sentence or paragraph long. She has translated novels and works of philosophy from French, including Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (2010) and Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way (2003). Her honors and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, as well as the Man Booker International Prize. She is Professor Emeritus of SUNY Albany