Graham Swift: Making an Elephant: Writing from within (2322 words)

Throughout a thirty-year career as an award-winning contemporary British novelist Graham Swift has insisted in interview after interview, as he does to Jackie McGlone in June 2014, that “I am certainly not a writer who writes autobiographically . . . I don’t write from my own experience”. In the same recent discussion of his work Swift terms the essay collection Making an Elephant the “exception that proves the rule about not writing autobiographically” (qtd in McGlone). Swift even terms the collection “my partly autobiographical non-fiction book” (my emphasis; the quote occurs in an essay on creativity and writing published in August 2014).

The same disclaimer occurs early in the “Introduction” to …

Logotheti, Anastasia. "Making an Elephant: Writing from within". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 September 2014
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