THE PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEWS WOMEN WRITERS AT WORK
In her reflective, witty introduction, Margaret Atwood asks: why a book on women writers particularly? Indeed, most of the 16 women interviewed claim to write in both male and female voices. A few bristle at even being classified as women writers. Joan Didion, Nadine Gordimer scorn, as Mary McCarthy does, "capital WW women writers."
But others are convinced that women do communicate in a different voice. They cite Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, George Eliot as mentors, as well as many men-Henry James, Dickens, Joyce and even Hemingway-for his sentence structure.
One element which seems to separate women from men is …