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A tribute to the brilliant craftsmanship of one of our most distinguished writers, providing valuable insight into her inspiration and her method

Joyce Carol Oates is widely regarded as one of America's greatest contemporary literary figures. Having written in a number of genres — prose, poetry, personal and critical essays, as well as plays — she is an artist ideally suited to answer essential questions about what makes a story striking, a novel come alive, a writer an artist as well as a craftsman.

In The Faith of a Writer, Oates discusses the subjects most important to the narrative craft, touching on topics such as inspiration, memory, self-criticism, and "the unique power of the unconscious." On a more personal note, she speaks of childhood inspirations, offers advice to young writers, and discusses the wildly varying states of mind of a writer at work. Oates also pays homage to those she calls her "significant predecessors" and discusses the importance of reading in the life of a writer.

Oates claims, "Inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make 'art': for prose fiction is also a craft, and craft must be learned, whether by accident or design." In fourteen succinct chapters, The Faith of a Writer provides valuable lessons on how language, ideas, and experience are assembled to create art.

Synopsis:

Joyce Carol Oates is one of America's greatest contemporary literary figures. Having written nearly 100 books in every conceivable genre, she is a writer clearly able to answer the profound questions about what makes a story good, a novel successful, a writer an artist.

In The Faith of a Writer, Oates discusses the subjects most important to the narrative craft, and which every writer should know, touching on topics such as inspiration, memory, selfandndash;criticism, and and#3304;e unique power of the unconscious" On a more personal note, the book answers some of the questions Oates has been frequently asked over the course of her career, such asy is your writing so violent?and#2017;nd and#495;w do you manage to write so much?and#1999;ates also pays homage what she calls her and#3241;gnificant predecessors, and makes a strong case for the importance of reading in the life of a writer.

Oates claims, and#558;spiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make and#10290;tand#11808;for prose fiction is also a craft, and craft must be learned, whether by accident or design.and#1993;n its 14 chapters, The Faith of a Writerprovides valuable lessons on how language and ideas are assembled to create art.

Synopsis:

A tribute to the brilliant craftsmanship of one of our most distinguished writers, providing valuable insight into her inspiration and her method

Joyce Carol Oates is widely regarded as one of America's greatest contemporary literary figures. Having written in a number of genres — prose, poetry, personal and critical essays, as well as plays — she is an artist ideally suited to answer essential questions about what makes a story striking, a novel come alive, a writer an artist as well as a craftsman.

In The Faith of a Writer, Oates discusses the subjects most important to the narrative craft, touching on topics such as inspiration, memory, self-criticism, and "the unique power of the unconscious." On a more personal note, she speaks of childhood inspirations, offers advice to young writers, and discusses the wildly varying states of mind of a writer at work. Oates also pays homage to those she calls her "significant predecessors" and discusses the importance of reading in the life of a writer.

Oates claims, "Inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make 'art': for prose fiction is also a craft, and craft must be learned, whether by accident or design." In fourteen succinct chapters, The Faith of a Writerprovides valuable lessons on how language, ideas, and experience are assembled to create art.

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of the forthcoming novel The Gravedigger's Daughter. She is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060565541
Author:
Oates, Joyce Carol
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Author:
Abramson, John
Author:
by Joyce Carol Oates
Author:
Oates, Joyce Ca
Author:
McKean, Dave
Author:
Rol
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Biography-Literary
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Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from K
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 x 0.44 in 5.36 oz
Age Level:
from 5

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"Synopsis" by , Joyce Carol Oates is one of America's greatest contemporary literary figures. Having written nearly 100 books in every conceivable genre, she is a writer clearly able to answer the profound questions about what makes a story good, a novel successful, a writer an artist.

In The Faith of a Writer, Oates discusses the subjects most important to the narrative craft, and which every writer should know, touching on topics such as inspiration, memory, selfandndash;criticism, and and#3304;e unique power of the unconscious" On a more personal note, the book answers some of the questions Oates has been frequently asked over the course of her career, such asy is your writing so violent?and#2017;nd and#495;w do you manage to write so much?and#1999;ates also pays homage what she calls her and#3241;gnificant predecessors, and makes a strong case for the importance of reading in the life of a writer.

Oates claims, and#558;spiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make and#10290;tand#11808;for prose fiction is also a craft, and craft must be learned, whether by accident or design.and#1993;n its 14 chapters, The Faith of a Writerprovides valuable lessons on how language and ideas are assembled to create art.

"Synopsis" by ,
A tribute to the brilliant craftsmanship of one of our most distinguished writers, providing valuable insight into her inspiration and her method

Joyce Carol Oates is widely regarded as one of America's greatest contemporary literary figures. Having written in a number of genres — prose, poetry, personal and critical essays, as well as plays — she is an artist ideally suited to answer essential questions about what makes a story striking, a novel come alive, a writer an artist as well as a craftsman.

In The Faith of a Writer, Oates discusses the subjects most important to the narrative craft, touching on topics such as inspiration, memory, self-criticism, and "the unique power of the unconscious." On a more personal note, she speaks of childhood inspirations, offers advice to young writers, and discusses the wildly varying states of mind of a writer at work. Oates also pays homage to those she calls her "significant predecessors" and discusses the importance of reading in the life of a writer.

Oates claims, "Inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make 'art': for prose fiction is also a craft, and craft must be learned, whether by accident or design." In fourteen succinct chapters, The Faith of a Writerprovides valuable lessons on how language, ideas, and experience are assembled to create art.

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