Her Prose: Hansel and Gretel Revisited

Francine Prose knows what it’s like to write a New York Times best-seller, because she did with her book, “Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them,” (2006). At a reception in her honor at Baruch College, Prose read and discussed “Hansel and Gretel,” a short story she first published in 1986. “When you have just written something, you think, what a great imagination you have,” said Prose,” who is currently the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College. “But when something sits around for decades, suddenly you begin to realize how it reflected reality.”

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