Joe Moran is the author of Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness, published by Yale University Press. He is professor of English and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

Conceal, Reveal

Why are shy people such as E.B. White, J.K. Rowling, and Joan Didion drawn to writing as a career? Are shy authors more likely to grasp ‘the nature and beauty of brevity’?