Posted on 11/04/2018 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

With apologies to Jane Austen, we think it’s a universal truth that humans want what they can’t have ... like the identity of famous, reclusive novelists.

The New York Times has a long feature on Elena Ferrante, the author of the Neapolitan quartet of novels, and what it’s like to attempt to correspond with her.

It isn’t simply a matter of journalistic curiosity, though — the first book in the series has been adapted for television, premiering on HBO on November 18, and the director hasn’t even met Ferrante in person or by phone.

Pour yourself another cup of coffee, tea, or juice, grab a pastry, and follow along with their frustrations here.

Categories: Author Interview

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