It’s a new year! A time for fresh beginnings! And on the History of Literature Podcast, it’s a time to celebrate beginnings. Vu Tran, author of the novel Dragonfish and a professor of creative writing at the University of Chicago, joins us to discuss ten great first chapters – how they work, how they affect the reader, and how they fulfill their author’s intentions.
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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, by Haruki Murakami
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Disgrace, by J.M. Coetzee
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“Handel – Entrance to the Queen of Sheba” by Advent Chamber Orchestra (From the Free Music Archive / CC by SA).