Paris Review Art of Fiction List

paris review art of fiction list

Nothing in the last two years has taught me more about storytelling, fiction, and great reading habits than the Art of Fiction series by The Paris Review. I read around two dozen of them before I decided to work systematically from number one until the end. You can just click here to jump ahead to the complete list of over 230 Art of Fiction interviews.

Huzzah for lists.

Especially Paris Review Art of Fiction lists!

Unfortunately, The Paris Review currently classifies their Art of Fiction interviews only by name of interviewee and date of interview. They don’t do them by category with separate tags for “The Art of Fictionand “The Art of Poetry” and so on (or if they do, it’s pretty hard to find).

I love lists, so once I grew tired of Googling every single Art of Fiction interview in numerical order, I decided to knock out over 230 Art of Fiction interview google searches to make the full list. 

Why not share the fruits of my labor with you fine folk?

If you’ve stumbled upon this post and happen to be on staff at The Paris Review, I want to say “thanks” for the new mobile functionality of your articles – it makes reading much more enjoyable than the old pinch-to-zoom stuff.

:: The Art of Fiction Megalist ::


1. E. M. Forster
2. François Mauriac
3. Graham Greene
4. Irvin Shaw
4b. Irvin Shaw (continued)
5. William Styron
6. Alberto Moravia
7. Joyce Cary
8. Ralph Ellison
9. Georges Simenon
10. James Thurber
11. Nelson Algren
12. William Faulkner
13. Dorothy Parker
14. Isak Dinesen
15. Fracoise Sagan
16. Thornton Wilder
17. Truman Capote
18. Robert Penn Warren
19. Frank O’Conner
20. Agnus Wilson
21. Ernest Hemingway
22. Henry Green
22. James Jones
23. Lawrence Durrell
24. Aldous Huxley
25. Boris Posternak

To unlock the complete list of over 230 Art of Fiction interviews, click here.

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  1. Thanks Lance, this is a fabulous resource. My Geminian brother and my Geminian wife, obsessive readers that they are, have both been impressed – and for me who prefers non-fiction but loves to know what makes people tick, it has been a delight. To be able to be in the room with Ernest Hemingway, Trueman Capote, Graham Green, etc, listen to voices and share their lives for an hour or so is mind blowing. You are a conduit of knowledge – much appreciated. Neil

    1. Oh you’re more than welcome, Neil. That’s the biggest thing for me now – I want to make this site as ruthlessly helpful as possible for artists and people rapture by the creative imagination. Glad I could help and enjoy the list!

    1. It’s absolutely my pleasure. I’m here to be relentlessly helpful for the authors and artists in my life. Trying to make the world a better place one piece at a time, you know?

  2. Lance, as someone who has recently begun reading “The Art of Fiction” I’m very grateful for your generosity in providing this exhaustive list. I follow the Paris Review on Twitter and often read the interviews that interest me as the tweets randomly come across my feed. To have the list in order from beginning to recent, along with the direct links, is very helpful. Thank you!

    1. My pleasure, Kevin. I’m just here to be relentlessly helpful for people. If you see something missing, feel free to add it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list. And feel free to share it around if you know of anyone that would benefit from this.

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