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Prof. Martha McPhee ~ “Reading Lessons” for The American Scholar

The American Scholar

In The American Scholar, Creative Writing Professor Martha McPhee reveals some of her favorite reading experiences, focusing particularly on Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls Trilogy:

“- not because it made me want to be a writer (it did) or because it made me want to read everything its author had written (it also did) or because it turned me into an avid reader hunting to find stories that moved me as this one had. Rather, encountering the story of Kate and Baba from rural Ireland, headed to Dublin to become themselves, made me realize, at 20, the power and urgency of a girl’s story.”

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