Quotes by Donna Tartt

"Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it."

"I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe."

"Does such a thing as 'the fatal flaw,' that showy dark crack running down the middle of a life, exist outside literature? I used to think it didn't. Now I think it does. And I think that mine is this: a morbid longing for the picturesque at all costs."

"Caring too much for objects can destroy you. Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things—beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty?"

"Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming."

Books by Donna Tartt

  • The Goldfinch
  • 761,478 ratings
  • October 22nd 2013 by Little, Brown and Company

    (first published September 23rd 2013)

  • The Secret History
  • 351,724 ratings
  • April 13th 2004 by Vintage

    (first published September 1992)

  • The Little Friend
  • 54,304 ratings
  • October 28th 2003 by Vintage

    (first published October 22nd 2002)

  • True Grit
  • 47,736 ratings
  • 2006 by Recorded Books

    (first published May 21st 1968)

  • The Ambush
  • 296 ratings
  • January 2006 by Tin House Magazine
Donna Tartt
  • Donna Tartt

  • Date of birth: December 23, 1963
  • Born: in Greenwood, Mississippi, The United States.

  • Description: Donna Tartt is an American writer who received critical acclaim for her first two novels, The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages. Tartt was the 2003 winner of the WH Smith Literary Award for The Little Friend. Her novel The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014.

    The daughter of Don and Taylor Tartt, she was born in Greenwood, Mississippi but raised 32 miles away in Grenada, Mississippi. At age five, she wrote her first poem, and she first saw publication in a Mississippi literary review at age 13.

    Enrolling in the University of Mississippi in 1981, she pledged to the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. Her writing caught the attention of Willie Morris while she was a freshman. Following a recommendation from Morris, Barry Hannah, then an Ole Miss Writer-in-Residence, admitted Tartt into his graduate short story course where, stated Hannah, she ranked higher than the graduate students. Following the suggestion of Morris and others, she transferred to Bennington College in 1982, where she was friends with fellow students Bret Easton Ellis, Jill Eisenstadt, and Jonathan Lethem. At Bennington she studied classics with Claude Fredericks.

    She divides her time between Virginia and New York City.