Donna Tartt is a novelist, essayist, and critic. Most recently, she is the author of The Little Friend (Vintage). Her first novel, The Secret History, has been published in twenty-three languages.
The following piece appeared in Brick 76, and as the introduction to the 2005 edition of Charles Portis’s True Grit, published by in the U.K. by Bloomsbury Publishing and in the U.S. and Canada by Overlook Press. It’s a . . .