Writers on Writing

Collected Essays from The New York Times

Author: John Darnton

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805070859

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

View: 6311

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.

Writers on Writing (Classic Reprint)

Author: Walter Ernest Allen

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780483231351

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 270

View: 1936

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.

Writers on Writing

Author: Robert Pack,Jay Parini

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9780874515602

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 294

View: 1072


Nobel Writers on Writing

Author: Ottar G. Draugsvold

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786406296

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 297

View: 5178

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.

Writers on Writing

An Anthology

Author: Robert Neale

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Anglais (Langue) - Rhétorique

Page: 249

View: 8254

The people most worth listening to about the craft of writing are those who do it best, the writers themselves--a fact strangely neglected by many aspiring writers and teachers of writing today. This new anthology gathers together what writers from Aristotle to the present day have written, in prose and poetry, about the problems and techniques, the frustrations and fulfillment of their craft. A serious study tool for those who wish to refine and polish their own writing, Writers on Writing is also a fascinating bedside companion for casual reading. It explores a wide range of topics from the metaphysics of language to the daily grind of getting words on paper. From Geoffrey Chaucer to T.S. Eliot, from Francis Bacon to Doris Lessing, from Jane Austen to George Orwell, the works in this anthology offer the advice and insights of major writers from the United States, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand.

Chinese Writers on Writing

Author: Arthur Sze

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781595340634

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

View: 8332

"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.

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

View: 5215

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

Southern Writers on Writing

Author: Susan Cushman

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1496815017

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 192

View: 6385

Contributions by Julie Cantrell, Katherine Clark, Susan Cushman, Jim Dees, Clyde Edgerton, W. Ralph Eubanks, John M. Floyd, Joe Formichella, Patti Callahan Henry, Jennifer Horne, Ravi Howard, Suzanne Hudson, River Jordan, Harrison Scott Key, Cassandra King, Alan Lightman, Sonja Livingston, Corey Mesler, Niles Reddick, Wendy Reed, Nicole Seitz, Lee Smith, Michael Farris Smith, Sally Palmer Thomason, Jacqueline Allen Trimble, M. O. Walsh, and Claude Wilkinson The South is often misunderstood on the national stage, characterized by its struggles with poverty, education, and racism, yet the region has yielded an abundance of undeniably great literature. In Southern Writers on Writing, Susan Cushman collects twenty-six writers from across the South whose work celebrates southern culture and shapes the landscape of contemporary southern literature. Contributors hail from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. Contributors such as Lee Smith, Michael Farris Smith, W. Ralph Eubanks, and Harrison Scott Key, among others, explore issues like race, politics, and family and the apex of those issues colliding. It discusses landscapes, voices in the South, and how writers write. The anthology is divided into six sections, including "Becoming a Writer"; "Becoming a Southern Writer"; "Place, Politics, People"; "Writing about Race"; "The Craft of Writing"; and "A Little Help from My Friends."

Speaking for the Generations

Native Writers on Writing

Author: Simon J. Ortiz

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816518500

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

View: 7601

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

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 1027

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

Mexican Writers on Writing

Author: Margaret Sayers Peden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781595340283

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

View: 2272

"Ranging from the literature of colonialism and conquest to a contemporary look at Mexican life and letters, the book presents a cross-section of Mexican authors' thoughts on writing, including works by Carlos Fuentes, Bernardo de Balbuena, Sor Juana Inâes de la Cruz, Octavio Paz, Elena Poniatowska, and others"--Provided by publisher.

Negotiating with the Dead

A Writer on Writing

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521662604

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 219

View: 2405

The author of The Handmaid's Tale discusses the writing life and the role of the writer in society, making reference to many other writers, alive and dead, to make her case.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Author: Ann Patchett

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408842408

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 5825

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is an irresistible blend of literature and memoir revealing the big experiences and little moments that shaped Ann Patchett as a daughter, wife, friend and writer. Here, Ann Patchett shares entertaining and moving stories about her tumultuous childhood, her painful early divorce, the excitement of selling her first book, driving a Winnebago from Montana to Yellowstone Park, her joyous discovery of opera, scaling a six-foot wall in order to join the Los Angeles Police Department, the gradual loss of her beloved grandmother, starting her own bookshop in Nashville, her love for her very special dog and, of course, her eventual happy marriage. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage is a memoir both wide ranging and deeply personal, overflowing with close observation and emotional wisdom, told with wit, honesty and irresistible warmth.


On Being a [woman] Writer

Author: Jocelyn Burrell

Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 9781558614673

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 223

View: 5363

A stunning array of women writers from the U.S. and abroad examine the intimate and politically charged act of writing.

Romanian Writers on Writing

Author: Norman Manea,Sanda Cordoș

Publisher: Writer's World

ISBN: 9781595340825

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 319

View: 9615

"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.

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

View: 9053

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.

About Writing

Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews

Author: Samuel R. Delany

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819574244

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 432

View: 8316

Award-winning novelist Samuel R. Delany has written a book for creative writers to place alongside E. M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel and Lajos Egri’s Art of Dramatic Writing. Taking up specifics (When do flashbacks work, and when should you avoid them? How do you make characters both vivid and sympathetic?) and generalities (How are novels structured? How do writers establish serious literary reputations today?), Delany also examines the condition of the contemporary creative writer and how it differs from that of the writer in the years of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the high Modernists. Like a private writing tutorial, About Writing treats each topic with clarity and insight. Here is an indispensable companion for serious writers everywhere.

Shadows of the New Sun

Wolfe on Writing, Writers on Wolfe

Author: Peter Wright

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 1846310571

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 8471

Award-winning contemporary science fiction author Gene Wolfe’s densely written and highly imaginative novels have brought him critical acclaim and academic attention—as well as a dedicated fan base. Shadows of the New Sun brings together an impressive selection of hard-to-find resources for the Wolfe reader and scholar. Included are essays on the nature of writing, with discussions of key concepts such as character, structure, and the professional life of the writer; a series of interviews with Wolfe; and the rare Wolfe essay “Books in the Book of the New Sun."

An Elevated View

Colorado Writers on Writing

Author: W. C. Jameson

Publisher: Seven Oaks Publishing

ISBN: 9780963082961

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 166

View: 2755

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.

Writers on Writing

The Art of the Short Story

Author: Maurice Angus Lee

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313315923

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 247

View: 8844

Short story writers reflect on the craft, on their own works, and on challenges and trends in short story writing.