Donna Tartt


Tartt is a convert to Catholicism and contributed an essay, "The spirit and writing in a secular world", to The Novel, Spirituality and Modern Culture (2000). In her essay Tartt wrote that "faith is vital in the process of making my work and in the reasons I am driven to make it". [37] However, Tartt also warned of the danger of writers who impose their beliefs or convictions on their novels. She wrote that writers should "shy from asserting those convictions directly in their work".

In 1992, Tartt released her debut work of fiction, titled The Secret History. Her agent was Amanda Urban, and the novel was a commercial, critical, and financial success thanks to all of their efforts. The fact that Tartt was just 29 years old when Vanity Fair referred to her as a "precocious creative genius" raised a lot of anticipation for the works that she would subsequently write.

In 2002, Tartt's novel The Little Friend appeared first, in Dutch, in book shops in the Netherlands in September, since more, per-capita, of her previous book was sold there than in any other market.

In 2006, "The Ambush," a short story written by Tartt, was selected for inclusion in the anthology titled The Best American Short Stories 2006.

Her 2013 novel The Goldfinch stirred reviewers as to whether it was a literary novel, a controversy possibly based on its best-selling status.

The book was adapted for the movie The Goldfinch. Tartt was reportedly paid $3m for the movie rights but parted company with her long-standing agent, Amanda Urban, over the latter's failure to secure Tartt a role in the screenplay writing or wider production. [34] The movie was a critical and commercial failure.


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