David Plante

David Plante a Franco-American living in London, is a contributor to the New Yorker. His books include Difficult Women – a memoir of Jean Rhys, Sonia Orwell and Germaine Greer – and, his most recent novel, The Catholic.

Story: ‘The Virgin’

David Plante, 3 April 1986

Elizabeth was in bed. The dog had its front paws between her breasts, and, its tongue out, it stared at her as she spoke to it.

Kitty still pines for his dearest Dub: Gossip

Andrew O’Hagan, 6 February 2014

The much gossiped about George Eliot absolutely hated the idea of people talking behind their hands.

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Dying Falls

John Lanchester, 23 July 1987

As well as having themes, preoccupations and voices, writers often have a favourite cadence, which is sometimes apparent as the shape towards which their fictions tend. If they do have such a...

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Kiss me, Hardy

Humphrey Carpenter, 15 November 1984

Howard Jacobson’s first novel, Coming from Behind, was published last year, and made one think that a new exponent of the comic academic narrative had arrived. Jacobson’s hero, Sefton...

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Mary-Kay Wilmers, 3 March 1983

One evening in December 1975 David Plante called on his friend, the novelist Jean Rhys, who was staying in a hotel in South Kensington: ‘a big dreary hotel’, she said, ‘filled...

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Point of Principle

Michael Irwin, 2 April 1981

The Country, which is concerned with old age, death and family bereavement, is adroitly restricted to an account of four visits. The first two, at intervals of a year, are paid by Daniel...

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