Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction

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Graywolf Press #ad - Readers are rewarded with thoughtful analysis, humorous one-liners, and plenty of brushfires that continue burning long after the book is closed. Graywolf reissues one of its most successful essay collections with two new essays and a new foreword by Charles BaxterAs much a rumination on the state of literature as a technical manual for aspiring writers, Burning Down the House has been enjoyed by readers and taught in classrooms for more than a decade.

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Aspects of the Novel

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RosettaBooks #ad - In this collection of lectures delivered at trinity college, in 1927, Cambridge, he takes a wide-ranging look at English-language novels—with specific examples from such masters as Dickens and Austen—discussing the elements they all have in common. Renowned for such classics as a Room with a View, Howards End, and A Passage to India, E.

M. Forster was one of britain’s—and the world’s—most distinguished fiction writers, a frequent nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The renowned british novelist’s “casual and wittily acute guidance” on reading—and writing—great fiction Harper’s Magazine. Using a witty, dostoevsky, forster discusses his ideas in reference to such figures as tolstoy, informal tone and drawing on his extensive readings in French and Russian literature, and Proust; explains the difference between “flat” and “round” characters and between plot and story; and ultimately provides an “admirable and delightful” education for anyone who appreciates the art of a good book The New York Times.

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The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot Art of...

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Graywolf Press #ad - Using an array of examples from Melville and Dostoyevsky to contemporary writers Paula Fox, Edward P. Jones, baxter explains how fiction writers create those visible and invisible details, and Lorrie Moore, how what is displayed evokes what is not displayed. The art of subtext is part of the art of series, a new line of books by important authors on the craft of writing, edited by Charles Baxter.

The art of series means to restore the art of criticism while illuminating the art of writing. Each book examines a singular, issue facing the contemporary writer of fiction, but often assumed or neglected, nonfiction, or poetry. Charles baxter inaugurates the art of, a new series on the craft of writing, with the wit and intelligence he brought to his celebrated book Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction.

The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot Art of... #ad - Fiction writer and essayist charles baxter's The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot discusses and illustrates the hidden subtextual overtones and undertones in fictional works haunted by the unspoken, the suppressed, and the secreted.

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Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

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Random House #ad - It charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and even break them. Mccann asks his readers to constantly push the boundaries of experience, to see empathy and wonder in the stories we craft and hear. These fifty-two essays are ultimately a profound challenge to a new generation to bring truth and light to a dark world through their art.

A paean to the power of language, both by argument and by example, Letters to a Young Writer is fierce and honest in its testament to the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. From the bestselling author of the national Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin comes a lesson in how to be a writer—and so much more than that.

Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice #ad - Intriguing and inspirational, this book is a call to look outward rather than inward.

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The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

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Vintage #ad - Written with passion, gardner’s book serves by turns as a critic, mentor, and a deep respect for the art of writing, precision, and friend. Anyone who has ever thought of taking the step from reader to writer should begin here.   . This classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers—and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Gardner’s lessons, exemplified with detailed excerpts from classic works of literature, sweep across a complete range of topics—from the nature of aesthetics to the shape of a refined sentence. In this practical, based on the courses and seminars that he gave, simply and cogently, he explains, instructive handbook, the principles and techniques of good writing.

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers #ad - John gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works.

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Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - A story's use of time, character, and other elements of fiction are analyzed, plot, and readers are challenged to see each story's flaws and strengths. His direct and practical advice allows writers to find their own voice and imagination. Bell urges writers to develop the habit of thinking about form and finding the form that best suits their subject matter and style.

. Careful endnotes bring attention to the ways in which various writers use language. With clarity, verve, and the sure instincts of a good teacher, Madison Smartt Bell offers a roll-up-your-sleeves approach to writing in this much-needed book. Focusing on the big picture as well as the crucial details, Mary Gaitskill, Bell examines twelve stories by both established writers including Peter Taylor, and Carolyn Chute and his own former students.

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To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction

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Free Press #ad - Here, combining more than forty years of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, he brings us this highly anticipated nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction. Distinguished author phillip lopate, editor of the celebrated anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, is universally acclaimed as “one of our best personal essayists” Dallas Morning News.

A phenomenal master class shaped by lopate’s informative, To Show and To Tell reads like a long walk with a favorite professor—refreshing, insightful, accessible tone and immense gift for storytelling, and encouraging in often unexpected ways.

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The Half-Known World: On Writing Fiction

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Graywolf Press #ad - A chance encounter in a hotel bar leads to a fascinating glimpse into his imaginative process. And through the story of a boyhood adventure, Boswell details how important it is for writers to give themselves over to what he calls the "half-known world" of fiction, where surprise and meaning converge. Examples from masters such as leo Tolstoy, Flannery O'Connor, and Alice Munro illustrate this engaging discussion of what makes great writing.

At the same time, boswell moves readers beyond the classroom, candidly sharing the experiences that have shaped his own writing life. A rigorous examination of the workings of fiction by the novelist Robert Boswell, "one of America's finest writers" Tom Perrotta Robert Boswell has been writing, reading, and teaching literature for more than twenty years.

The Half-Known World: On Writing Fiction #ad - In this sparkling collection of essays, he brings this vast experience and a keen critical eye to bear on craft issues facing literary writers.

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The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Taking us on a reading tour of some of the best memoirs and essays of the past hundred years, Gornick traces the changing idea of self that has dominated the century, Joan Didion, and demonstrates the enduring truth-speaker to be found in the work of writers as diverse as Edmund Gosse, Oscar Wilde, James Baldwin, or Marguerite Duras.

This book, which grew out of fifteen years teaching in MFA programs, is itself a model of the lucid intelligence that has made Gornick one of our most admired writers of nonfiction. A guide to the art of personal writing, by the author of Fierce Attachments and The End of the Novel of LoveAll narrative writing must pull from the raw material of life a tale that will shape experience, transform event, deliver a bit of wisdom.

The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative #ad - . In a story or a novel the "i" who tells this tale can be, and often is, an unreliable narrator but in nonfiction the reader must always be persuaded that the narrator is speaking truth. How does one pull from one's own boring, agitated self the truth-speaker who will tell the story a personal narrative needs to tell? That is the question The Situation and the Story asks--and answers.

In it, she teaches us to write by teaching us how to read: how to recognize truth when we hear it in the writing of others and in our own.

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Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative

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Catapult #ad - Sebald’s emigrants was the first novel to show Alison how forward momentum can be created by way of pattern, in nature, rather than the traditional arc— or, wave. Why not draw on them, too?”W. It will appeal to serious readers and writers alike. Filled with clarity and wit, underlain with formidable erudition.

Publishers weekly starred review"How lovely to discover a book on the craft of writing that is also fun to read. A publishers weekly best book of 2019one of Poets & Writers' Best Books for Writers“A boundlessly inventive look at narrative form. It is a liberating manifesto that says, Let’s leave the outdated modes behind and, in thinking of new modes, bring feeling back to experimentation.

Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative #ad - G. Alison asserts that the best stories follow patterns in nature, and by defining these new styles she offers writers the freedom to explore but with enough guidance to thrive. Maris kreizman, reaches a peak, vultureas jane alison writes in the introduction to her insightful and appealing book about the craft of writing: “For centuries there’s been one path through fiction we’re most likely to travel— one we’re actually told to follow—and that’s the dramatic arc: a situation arises, grows tense, subsides .

Other writers of nonlinear prose considered in her “museum of specimens” include Nicholson Baker, Clarice Lispector, Susan Minot, Gabriel García Márquez, Jamaica Kincaid, Marguerite Duras, Caryl Phillips, David Mitchell, Anne Carson, and Mary Robison.

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