Writers on Writing

Collected Essays from The New York Times

Author: John Darnton

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805070859

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

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A collection of touching, humorous, and practical writings explores literature and the art of writing with contributions from Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Carl Hiaasen, Alice Hoffman, John Updike, and many others. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
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Writers on Writing

Collected Essays from The New York Times

Author: The New York Times

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780805070859

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Now in paperback, today's most celebrated writers explore literature and the literary life in an inspirational collection of original essays. By turns poignant, hilarious, and practical, Writers on Writing brings together more than forty of contemporary literature's finest voices. Pieces range from reflections on the daily craft of writing to the intersection of art's and life's consequential moments. Authors discuss what impels them to write: creating a sense of control in a turbulent universe; bearing witness to events that would otherwise be lost in history or within the writer's soul; recapturing a fragment of time. Others praise mentors and lessons, whether from the classroom, daily circumstances, or the pages of a favorite writer. For anyone interested in the art and rewards of writing, Writers on Writing offers an uncommon and revealing view of a writer's world. Contributors include Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Kent Haruf, Carl Hiaasen, Alice Hoffman, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Miller, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Annie Proulx, Carol Shields, Jane Smiley, Susan Sontag, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Alice Walker, and Elie Wiesel.
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Writers on Writing

Collected Essays from The New York Times

Author: The New York Times

Publisher: Times Books

ISBN: 9780805070859

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Now in paperback, today's most celebrated writers explore literature and the literary life in an inspirational collection of original essays. By turns poignant, hilarious, and practical, Writers on Writing brings together more than forty of contemporary literature's finest voices. Pieces range from reflections on the daily craft of writing to the intersection of art's and life's consequential moments. Authors discuss what impels them to write: creating a sense of control in a turbulent universe; bearing witness to events that would otherwise be lost in history or within the writer's soul; recapturing a fragment of time. Others praise mentors and lessons, whether from the classroom, daily circumstances, or the pages of a favorite writer. For anyone interested in the art and rewards of writing, Writers on Writing offers an uncommon and revealing view of a writer's world. Contributors include Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Kent Haruf, Carl Hiaasen, Alice Hoffman, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Miller, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Annie Proulx, Carol Shields, Jane Smiley, Susan Sontag, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Alice Walker, and Elie Wiesel.
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Writers on Writing (Classic Reprint)

Author: Walter Ernest Allen

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780483231351

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 270

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Excerpt from Writers on Writing According to Chapman According to Ben Jonson According to Samuel Johnson According to Thomas Gray 'the Spontaneous Overflow of Power ful Feelings' Coleridge's Definition Shelley's Views Axioms of Keats Poe's Definition A Criticism of Life Hardy's View Poetry more Physical than intellectual The Figure a Poem Makes The Essence of Poetry According to Lawrence Poetry as a 'superior Amusement' About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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Nobel Writers on Writing

Author: Ottar G. Draugsvold

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786406296

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 297

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When in 1901 Alfred Nobel bequeathed to the world the funds to support the Nobel Prize, one of his few directives for the category of literature was that the artists selected be of "idealistic tendency." Since its inception, the prize has given a very public voice to some of the world's greatest writers, and their responses to the honor-their acceptance speeches-have themselves often been epochal within each author's body of literature. From the famed call to "arms" by William Faulkner to the multicultural song of Derek Walcott, from 1903's Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson to 1999's Günter Grass, this collection traces the ideals of the artists and the selection committee itself throughout the entirety of the 20th century. "Interestingly," writes Draugsvold, "none [of the writers] discuss the more technical aspects of their craft." Equally striking is the strength of the common thread of idealism found in these addresses-a firm belief in humankind and the power of art, in its role in "the service of truth and the service of liberty" as Albert Camus said in 1957. "I decline to accept the end of man" wrote the Old Man, William Faulkner. The speeches presented here were chosen not by subjective but rather by substantive criteria, with biographical presentations and brief statements of gratitude omitted. Included are an introduction to each of the 28 writers chosen, an excerpted copy of the speech or lecture and a bibliography of works in English. The work concludes with a complete list of prize winners in literature and a bibliography of sources cited in the writer's introductions.
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Writers on Writing

Author: Robert Pack,Jay Parini

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9780874515602

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 294

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Chinese Writers on Writing

Author: Arthur Sze

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781595340634

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

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"With more than half the works appearing in English for the first time, this is the first collection that brings together material by writers reflecting on their work, processes, and challenges of writing under China's political system"--Provided by publisher.
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Speaking for the Generations

Native Writers on Writing

Author: Simon J. Ortiz

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816518500

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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Presents profiles of such authors as Leslie Marmon Silko, Gloria Bird, Esther B. Belin, Daniel David Moses, and Victor D. Montejo
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Creative Writing

Writers on Writing

Author: Amal Chatterjee

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781907076329

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 196

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Creative Writing: Writers on Writing anthologises original literary work by eight contemporary authors Amal Chatterjee, Colm Breathnach, Fred D'Aguiar, Jane Draycott, Philip Gross, Kathryn Heyman, Sabyn Javeri, and Emily Raboteau. Dealing with birth and death, love and ambition, domestic drama and foreign adventure, they take the reader to the country (Ireland, Guyana, England) and to the city (Delhi, Karachi, New York and Prague). The pieces are accompanied by reflective essays in which the authors explore the creative process behind the writing. For readers, the essays provide insights into the works themselves; for writers, they provide insights into literary craft; and for students on creative writing courses, they provide diverse models of how to discuss one's own writing.
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On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
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Writers on Writing, Volume II

More Collected Essays from The New York Times

Author: Jane Smiley

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805075885

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 265

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Collects inspirational essays celebrating the art of writing, including contributions from Geraldine Brooks, Leslie Epstein, and P.J. O'Rourke.
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Romanian Writers on Writing

Author: Norman Manea,Sanda Cordoș

Publisher: Writer's World

ISBN: 9781595340825

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 319

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"The eighty writers collected here explore the special tensions found in Romanian literature, conferred by vanity doubled by vitality, vulnerability mixed in with force, and the fear of dissolution linked with the desperate pride of defeating historical time. The contributors exemplify the powerful, polyphonic voice of their country's complex literature"--Provided by publisher.
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Stein On Writing

A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies

Author: Sol Stein

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1466864990

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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Your future as a writer is in your hands. Whether you are a newcomer or an accomplished professional, a novelist, story writer, or a writer of nonfiction, you will find this book a wealth of immediately useful guidance not available anywhere else. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of useable solutions-- how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." You will find one of the great unspoken secrets of craftsmanship in Chapter 5, called "Markers: The Key to Swift Characterization." In Chapter 7, Stein reveals for he first time in print the wonderful system for creating instant conflict developed in the Playwrights Group of the Actors Studio, of which he was a founder. In "Secrets of Good Dialogue," the premier teacher of dialogue gives you the instantly useable techniques that not only make verbal exchanges exciting but that move the story forward immediately. You won't need to struggle with flashbacks or background material after you've read Chapter 14, which shows you how to bring background into the foreground. Writers of both fiction and nonfiction will relish the amphetamines for speeding up pace, and the many ways to liposuction flab, as well as how to tap originality and recognize what successful titles have in common. You'll discover literary values that enhance writing, providing depth and resonance. You'll bless the day you read Chapters 32 and 33 and discover why revising by starting at page one can be a serious mistake, and how to revise without growing cold on your manuscript. In the pages of this book, nonfiction writers will find a passport to the new revolution in journalism and a guide to using the techniques of fiction to enhance nonfiction. Fresh, useful, informative, and fun to read and reread, Stein on Writing is a book you will mark up, dog-ear, and cherish.
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Writer's Workshop in a Book

The Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction

Author: Alan Cheuse,Lisa Alvarez

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811858212

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 219

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An anthology of essays and tutorials brings together the wisdom, insights, advice, and inspiration from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers workshops, seminars, and lectures, featuring contributions by Mark Childress, Diane Johnson, Anne Lamott, Michael Chabon, Robert Stone, Amy Tan, and other notable authors. Original.
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An Elevated View

Colorado Writers on Writing

Author: W. C. Jameson

Publisher: Seven Oaks Publishing

ISBN: 9780963082961

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 166

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Editor W.C. Jameson has long been interested in why writers do what they do. Why do they write? What obstacles do they encounter, and how do they overcome inevitable bumps in the road? He also wondered how living in Colorado specifically influences the writing experience. So he asked authors, with no rules or boundaries, to share whatever they wanted about their art and lives. This eclectic collection is a peek inside the minds of Colorado authors as they reflect on topics like the writing process, identity as shaped by place, and the stronghold of Colorado's history as a catalyst for creativity.
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Meditations and Ascensions

Black Writers on Writing

Author: Brenda M. Greene,Fred Beauford

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780883782965

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 204

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Reflections on the black experience, the American experience, and a more global experience and worldview are all widely discussed, as well as future trends and ascensions for black literature. Students, teachers, journalists, and other writers will welcome the chance to view parts of the writing process and see inside the heads of prominent black writers.
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On Writers and Writing

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349006245

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

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What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have seen fit to assume, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of the book's title: if a writer is to be seen as 'gifted', who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift? Margaret Atwood's wide and eclectic reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer, both in Canada and on the international scene. The lightness of her touch is underlined by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.
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Polish writers on writing

Author: Adam Zagajewski

Publisher: Trinity Univ Pr

ISBN: 9781595340306

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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Featuring 20th-century writers, including Nobel Prize winners Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska, as well as celebrated poet Zbigniew Herbert and internationally renowned Bruno Schulz, this collection captures the brilliance and originality of a literary culture rightly considered one of the most important and influential of our time. These writers are branded by the political realities of their country — creating literature out of the brutality of the World War II, under the numbing and inhibiting Communist reign, and finally within a free society, but one freighted with the weight of its history.
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Fog Island Mountains

Author: Michelle Bailat-Jones

Publisher: Tantor Media, Incorporated

ISBN: 9781630150020

Category: Fiction

Page: 171

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A haunting and beautiful reinterpretation of the Japanese kitsune folktale tradition, Fog Island Mountains is a novel about the dangers of action taken in grief and of a belief in healing through storytelling.
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