Elissa Schappell

Elissa Schappell

Editor-at-Large, Tin House | Author, Blueprints for Building Better Girls

Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction: Blueprints for Building Better Girls and Use Me, which was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. She is a founding-editor and Editor-at-Large of Tin House.

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The Books That Changed Our Lives

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In an interview with the Paris Review, Joan Didion said, “I’ve never written [a novel] without rereading Victory [by Joseph Conrad]. It opens up the possibilities of a novel. It makes it seem worth doing.” As writers we all have books that shaped how we look at our craft. They’re the titles we turn to […]