As a poet and playwright I am in favor of writing that is brief and concise. I am a voracious reader of fiction, but I prefer short forms such as the novella and short stories. Novels under 200 pages, works such as The Great Gatsby, The Old Man and the Sea, Death in Venice, The Stranger, The Turn of the Screw, The Underground Man, The Metamorphosis, Siddhartha, and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, to name but a few, are to me the ultimate in virtuosic writing. Not long ago I read a collection of Tolstoy's short novels (including The Death of Ivan Ilych and The Kreurtzer Sonata) and was blown away once again by his ability to create richly textured and profound characterizations in such limited space. These are the models for my own work, and what these authors have achieved represents, in my estimation, the holy grail of fiction.
Causes Anthony Maulucci Supports
Greenpeace, Amnesty Inernational, American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Save the Children