Re: RARA-AVIS: Another question for Ms Meaker

From: Marijane Meaker (
Date: 11 Oct 2003

Yes, I loved O'Hara and was certainly influenced by him as well as Sinclair Lewis, Sherwoood Anderson, all the American male writers. There weren't many women I read or admired except the great Carson McCullers/

Michael Robison <> wrote:

> This is still on the theme of what you've read, but
> just going back a few years. During your Gold Medal
> period, can you name some of the authors and books
> that influenced your writing? Authors are sometimes
> compared to earlier writers that they never read. I
> think that Boucher compared your Vin Packer style to
> O'Hara, didn't he? I've only read O'Hara's
> APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA, but I can see how a comparison
> is justified. You both deal with the corrosive
> effects of a harsh society on the human psyche, and
> you both have an element of social history in your
> work.

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