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Mary Gordon, Author

Mary Gordon, Author

 

 





Introduction to Mary Gordon.  0:42 sec. Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Camera:  Lee Skye.  Music:  Melissa Chinnappan.  Video editing:  Maria Grijalva.  Production & design:  Gabriella Pinos.

 

From fiction to memoirs to essays, MARY GORDON has been writing for as long as she can remember.

An author and a professor at Barnard College in New York, Gordon has written 17 books. Her 2017 novel, There Your Heart Lies, tells the story of an American woman’s experiences during the Spanish Civil War and its influence on her granddaughter’s life.

Gordon grew up in Far Rockaway, New York in a strict Catholic home. Although her love for books and writing was frowned upon during her adolescence, she pursued her passion during her free time. It wasn’t until she matriculated at Barnard College that Gordon gained self-confidence, discovered her love for older literature, and cultivated an interest in feminism and progressive issues.

In 1978, Gordon published her first novel, Final Payments, to critical acclaim. She continued to write and publish books while her home life grew busier, especially with her marriage to Arthur Cash and the birth of her children, Anna and David.

Gordon returned to her alma mater in 1988 to assume a job as an English professor. Two years later, she accepted the Millicent Macintosh Chair of English and has remained at Barnard ever since.

The videos below are organized by topic and run between 30 seconds and 3 minutes. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES: 0:49 sec.





What’s your earliest memory of art of any discipline?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:   0:33 sec.





When did you first think that you wanted to be a writer?

 

UNDERSTANDS ARTISTS’ NEEDS:  0:25 sec.





Given that younger generations get most of their information in digital formats, what impact will that have on future writers and readers?

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  2:10 min.





Talk about your relationship with the Catholic church and its influence on you?

 

RESPECTS OTHERS POINT OF VIEW:  1:34 min.





Why did you set your novel, “There Your Heart Lies,” in the Spanish Civil War?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  0:52 sec.





Who are your most important role models and influencers?

 

SERENDIPITY: 0:55 min.





What role does serendipity play in your work?

 

SELF-CONFIDENCE: 0:33 sec.





Is there anything that you learned in school that still informs you today?

 

CREATIVE FLEXIBILITY: 0:26 sec.





What are your criteria for taking on a project?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  0:39 sec.





Describe a challenging situation in your life that you’ve successfully overcome.

 

RESPECTS OTHERS POINT OF VIEW:  0:37 sec.





Do you think that it is fairly unusual for a man like your father to convert from Judaism to Catholicism?