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Comments Lynn Freed
2011 PEN/O. Henry Award-winning Author

It means pure happiness.

(author photo © Mary S. Pitts)

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The point of writing, if there is a point, seems to have less to do with the act of writing itself—which is almost always travail, at least for me—than with having written. All in all, the satisfactions are fleeting, the rewards small, the vanity profound.

About the Author

Lynn Freed was born in 1945 in Durban, South Africa. She came to New York as a graduate student, receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University. She has published six novels (Friends of the Family, Home Ground, The Bungalow, The Mirror, House of Women, The Servants' Quarters), a collection of essays, Reading, Writing & Leaving Home: Life on the Page, and a collection of stories, The Curse of the Appropriate Man. Her short fiction, memoirs, and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House and Southwest Review, among others. In 2002, she received the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Northern California.

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