Lunchbox/Soapbox: David Vann: An Ode to Literary Tradition
Published in 20 languages, internationally best-selling author David Vann has written essays, stories, features, novels and a memoir. His books have won 15 prizes and appeared on 70 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries.
Currently working on a translation of Beowulf, in this talk Vann reflects on his body of work, and the usefulness, and importance, of literary tradition. Where would this neo-classical author, writing out of an American landscape tradition, be without Greek tragedy, Old English meter, and Chaucer’s hagiography?
David Vann is an internationally bestselling author published in nineteen languages. He is the winner of fourteen prizes, and his books (Legend of a Suicide, Caribou Island, Dirt, A Mile Down, Goat Mountain and Last Day On Earth) have appeared on seventy Best Books lists in a dozen countries.