The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) (Paperback)

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This is it. This is the book for me – my all-time, ultimate, one-hundred-percent favorite book. I have bought multiple copies of this book at thrift stores with the sole intention of keeping a stash in case someone, somewhere, displays any modicum of interest in reading it. I love to be the guy that’s like “this is my favorite book! Here, don’t worry about buying it – I have an extra copy!” It is my MOVE – every single time I’ve wanted to date someone I’ve given them a copy of this book and EVERY TIME those have become long-term relationships. I am not kidding when I say this is my favorite book.


            The book that began the Dark Academia craze, Donna Tartt’s first novel follows a group of Greek students who are arguably too invested in their studies. There’s really no way to talk about the plot of this book without giving too much away so I will just say: it is about the vibes, my friend. A small liberal arts college in Vermont; a fanatical group of classics students following a charismatic teacher; a murder. For those who read and loved The Goldfinch, this is a sure hit: you’ll recognize the main character’s mid-narrative drug-assisted mental spiral, characteristic of Tartt’s work. It’s a book full of anti-heroes, grey morality, and the most beautiful prose you’ve come across in a long time. Crime! Moral crises! Snobbery! Drug abuse! A lot of very in-depth knowledge on very niche topics! What more could you need?

Grace, Longfellow Books

— From Grace Recommends!


A READ WITH JENNA BOOK CLUB PICK INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • A contemporary literary classic and "an accomplished psychological thriller ... absolutely chilling" (Village Voice), from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Goldfinch.

Under the influence of a charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at a New England college discover a way of thought and life a world away from their banal contemporaries. But their search for the transcendent leads them down a dangerous path, beyond human constructs of morality.

“A remarkably powerful novel [and] a ferociously well-paced entertainment.... Forceful, cerebral, and impeccably controlled.” —The New York Times

About the Author

Donna Tartt is the author of the novels The Secret History, The Little Friend, and The Goldfinch. Her work has been published in forty languages and her third novel, The Goldfinch, was awarded the Carnegie Medal and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Praise For…

“A remarkably powerful novel [and] a ferociously well-paced entertainment.... Forceful, cerebral, and impeccably controlled.” The New York Times

“An accomplished psychological thriller ....  Absolutely chilling .... Tartt has a stunning command of the lyrical.” The Village Voice

“Beautifully written, suspenseful from start to finish.” Vogue

“A huge, mesmerizing, galloping read, pleasurably devoured .... Gorgeously written, relentlessly erudite.” Vanity Fair

“Her writing bewitches us .... The Secret History is a wonderfully beguiling book, a journey backward to the fierce and heady friendships of our school days, when all of us believed in our power to conjure up divinity and to be forgiven any sin.” The Philadephia Inquirer

“A haunting, compelling, and brilliant piece of fiction .... Packed with literary allusion and told with a sophistication and texture that owes much more to the nineteenth century than to the twentieth.” The Times (London)
Product Details
ISBN: 9781400031702
ISBN-10: 1400031702
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: April 13th, 2004
Pages: 576
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries