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Donna Tartt (born December 23, 1963) is a Pulitzer-Prize winning Neo-Romanticist writer of upper middle class southern background who, after attending Bennington College in the 1980s, was hailed as an influential late-comer in the "Literary Brat Pack," a group that also includes '80s staple Bret Easton Ellis. Tartt emerged on the literary scene with her widely successful 1992 novel The Secret History, which was a breakout bestseller throughout much of the rest of The '90s, and has since become a Cult Classic. The novel follows the adventures of a Six Student Clique of upper class Classics students who inadvertently commit manslaughter and try to hide the details from their new acquaintance, the story's lower middle class narrator who idolizes their culture and lifestyle. Her second novel, The Little Friend, resulted in a Broken Base due to its many thematic and stylistic differences from her first novel. More recently, she won the Pulitzer Prize for The Goldfinch, about the traumatic adventures of a young man named Theo after the death of his mother in an explosion at a museum.

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In interviews, Donna Tartt has stated that she is Catholic and celibate. Her public appearances involve a sleek, dark and androgynous tailored wardrobe that would not look out of place in the ad pages of Vanity Fair magazine. Tartt's novels are devoted to the themes of guilt and beauty, and focus heavily on the tumultuous thoughts and feelings of her protagonists. It might not be inaccurate to call her the Morrissey of literary fiction.


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