Salman Rushdie’s Early Letters Reflect Audience Awareness

Prominent author Salman Rushdie, in an interview published on Literary Hub, reveals that his childhood letters to his parents were “fictions” designed to please them, his audience.  He didn’t want his parents to know he was unhappy at boarding school. Rather than detailing his true day-to-day life, he crafted content to have a certain effect upon them–to keep his mother from being sad and to show his father that his money was well spent.  See this excerpt from the interview: