What inspired Hong Kingston to become an author?

What inspired Hong Kingston to become an author?

Kingston revealed her respect for Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, and William Carlos Williams in an interview published in American Literary History, citing them as inspirational influences on her work and molding her research of gender studies.

In the interview, she also mentioned that she always wanted to be a writer since she was a child. She said, "I wrote my first poem at the age of six or seven. It was about a butterfly."

It wasn't until years later that she realized she could make a living out of her writing. By then, she had already earned a degree in English literature from Duke University and been hired by New York University as a professor of English.

She has written several books on women writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, including The Woman's Room: A Cultural History, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1990; and Women Writing Culture, which was nominated for the same award in 1995.

Now retired, Kingston continues to write book reviews for several publications including Library Journal and The New York Review of Books.

She has been married twice, first to Charles Bock (1943-1977) and then to actor James Naughton (1978-present). She has one son from her first marriage and two children from her second marriage.

What inspired Charlotte Bronte to write?

When I was thirteen, I read Jane Eyre for the first time, and I was impressed by the self-assured Jane who forges her own way in the world. Consider what might have happened if Charlotte had listened to her opponents. What if she had accepted that women should not be writers and never tried to get her work published? She would have been another lonely spinster with nothing to live for.

As it was, she had two great advantages over Jane Eyre's heroine: she had a brother who helped her with her writing, and she lived in an era when women were expected to be wives and mothers. Her decision about how to use her talents was thus made for her, and as a result, she produced three novels which still hold their power more than 150 years later.

Each novel is about a young woman trying to find love and happiness while dealing with issues such as poverty, class discrimination, and religious persecution. But beyond these common themes, there are differences between the characters and their stories that make each one unique.

For example, Charlotte was influenced by her father's death when she was nine years old. Although she was too young to remember him, he must have seemed like a god to a little girl, so when she wrote about people who needed gods to help them deal with life's problems, she was really describing herself.

What inspired Grace Nichols's writing?

Nichols was born in Guyana in 1950 and immigrated to the United Kingdom in 1977. Her work is influenced by her homeland's history and culture, notably the oral storytelling tradition with its amazing folk stories, the environment and its agricultural labor, and the history of enslavement (particularly relating to women).

In an interview with The Guardian, she said that as a child she would "write secret poetry" and that this interest continued into adulthood. She also mentioned Shakespeare as an influence on her writing.

For more about Grace Nichols's life and work, including an audio story written by her, see our Storyline page.

How did Harper Lee become inspired to write?

Lee, like Scout, was a tomboy, according to childhood pals. And Lee had an unique buddy like Dill because the youngster who would become the famed author Truman Capote used to visit every summer. These themes, together with her own experiences, most likely impacted Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

When Harper Lee was nine years old, her father died in a car accident. After this tragic event, she decided that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. She wrote several poems and stories when she was just a teenager. But it wasn't until after she married and had two children that she started writing more extensively. Her first book, To Kill a Mockingbird, was published when she was 36 years old. Since then, she has written more than a dozen other books including Ms. Maybell and Go Set a Watchman which was released in July 2015.

In addition to being a writer, Lee is also a successful public speaker. She has appeared on stage with Oprah Winfrey and has spoken at many schools around the country about the importance of reading.

Besides writing, Lee also spends time painting and sewing. In fact, she has her own line of clothing called Moon Shoes that she sells on her website.

Currently, Lee lives in Monroeville, Alabama, with her husband. They have one son together.

About Article Author

Roger Lyons

Roger Lyons is a writer and editor. He has a degree in English Literature from Boston College, and enjoys reading, grammar, and comma rules. His favorite topics are writing prompts, deep analysis of literature, and the golden rules of writing.


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