Larry McCaffery and Sinda Gregory interview William Eastlake. Eastlake begins by talking about screenwriting as a profession. Eastlake explains how he came to write about the American West. Eastlake explains his despair of a lack of geniuses in the current state of writing and the large amount of “terrible writing”, attributing it to the teaching of writing in universities. Eastlake explains how he came to write about Native Americans in his fiction and talks about his experiences with Native Americans. Eastlake talks about his experiences in World War II and his reaction to various novels about war. Eastlake proclaims that prose writers are the best poets in 20th Century American literature. An edited version of this interview appeared as "An Interview with William Eastlake," South Shore: An International Review of the Arts, 1 (Fall 1977), 41-65.