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Today's most celebrated writers explore literature and the literary life in an inspirational collection of original essays.

By turns poignant, practical, and hilarious, Writers on Writing brings together more than forty of contemporary literature's finest voices. Drawn from the distinguished New York Times column of the same name, it features essays by an extraordinary group of prizewinning and bestselling contributors.

The 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, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, Carl Hiaasen, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Miller, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Marge Piercy, Annie Proulx, Carol Shields, Jane Smiley, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and Elie Wiesel.

Review:

"The essays...are all unified by an overwhelming sense of generosity of spirit, of writers offering encouragement, reflection, and introspection..." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Darnton conceived of the idea while he was writing his first novel and struggling with matters of craft, art, and intent. He sensed that readers, many of whom wish they were writers, would enjoy reading about writers' lives, and his subsequent invitations to stellar literary talents to write about writing resulted in piquant, bracing, and virtuosic essays that are as much about life as they are about creativity." Booklist

Review:

"Unlike many assemblages of previously published works, this collection of 41 essays from the New York Times's "Writers on Writing" column is more than the sum of its parts. Just as Times culture editor Darnton hoped when he devised the series for writers to "talk about their craft," the result is a thoughtful examination of writers' concerns about the creative process and the place of literature in America. Appropriately for works commissioned for a major newspaper, the essays are immediately engaging and compelling all the way through....Overall, the writers' pensiveness and amity make for a thought-provoking yet reassuring read a good bedside book. Fans of writers-on-writing anthologies and close readers of the New York Times who may have bypassed these essays for the immediate payoff of a front-page headline should pause to enjoy this rich collection." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Today's most celebrated writers explore literature and the literary life in an inspirational collection of original essays".Writers on Writing" brings together more than 40 of contemporary literature's finest voices, with essays by Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E.L. Doctorow, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, Carl Hiaasen and more.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

John Darnton, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the George Polk Award for his journalism, is culture editor for The New York Times and the author of two novels. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction by John Darnton

A Literary Pilgrim Progresses to the Past by André Aciman

A Novelist's Vivid Memory Spins Fiction of Its Own by Russell Banks

To Engage the World More Fully, Follow a Dog by Rick Bass

Hidden Within Technology's Empire, a Republic of Letters by Saul Bellow

Pupils Glimpse an Idea, Teacher Gets a Gold Star by Anne Bernays

Characters' Weaknesses Build Fictions' Strengths by Rosellen Brown

How Can You Create Fiction When Reality Comes to Call? by Carolyn Chute

From Echoes Emerge Original Voices by Nicholas Delbanco

Quick Cuts: The Novel Follows Film into a World of Fewer Words by E. L. Doctorow

Two Languages in Mind, but Just One in the Heart by Louise Erdrich

Instant Novels? In Your Dreams! by Thomas Fleming

Goofing Off While the Muse Recharges by Richard Ford

A Novelist Breaches the Border to Nonfiction by Gail Godwin

Putting Pen to Paper, but Not Just Any Pen or Just Any Paper by Mary Gordon

To See Your Story Clearly, Start by Pulling the Wool over Your Own Eyes by Kent Haruf

Real Life, That Bizarre and Brazen Plagiarist by Carl Hiaasen

Sustained by Fiction While Facing Life's Facts by Alice Hoffman

The Enduring Commitment of a Faithful Storyteller by Maureen Howard

 
Inventing Life Steals Time, Living Life Begs It Back by Gish Jen

Pesky Themes Will Emerge When You're Not Looking by Diane Johnson

Sitting Down a Novelist, Getting Up a Playwright by Ward Just

Those Words That Echo . . . Echo . . . Echo Through Life by Jamaica Kincaid

A Forbidden Territory Familiar to All by Barbara Kingsolver

Summoning the Mystery and Tragedy, but in a Subterranean Way by Hans Koning

Comforting Lessons in Arranging Life's Details by David Leavitt

The Humble Genre Novel, Sometimes Full of Genius by David Mamet

She Was Blond. She Was in Trouble. And She Paid 3 Cents a Word by Ed McBain

Virtual Reality: The Perils of Seeking a Novelist's Facts in Her Fiction by Sue Miller

For Authors, Fragile Ideas Need Loving Every Day by Walter Mosley

To Invigorate Literary Mind, Start Moving Literary Feet by Joyce Carol Oates

A Storyteller Stands Where Justice Confronts Basic Human Needs by Sara Paretsky

Life of Prose and Poetry: An Inspiring Combination by Marge Piercy

Inspiration? Head Down the Back Road, and Stop for the Yard Sales by Annie Proulx

If You Invent the Story, You're the First to See How It Ends by Roxana Robinson

Once Upon a Time, Literature. Now What? by James Salter

Starting with a Tree and Finally Getting to the Death of a Brother by William Saroyan

Opting for Invention over the Injury of Invasion by Carol Shields

A Reluctant Muse Embraces His Task, and Everything Changes by Jane Smiley

Directions: Write, Read, Rewrite. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 as Needed by Susan Sontag

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An Odyssey That Started with Ulysses by Scott Turow

Questions of Character: There's No Ego as Wounded as a Wounded Alter Ego by John Updike (as Henry Bech)

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Metta to Muriel and Other Marvels: A Poets Experience of Meditation by Alice Walker

In the Castle of Indolence You Can Hear the Sound of Your Own Mind by Paul West

A Sacred Magic Can Elevate the Secular Storyteller by Elie Wiesel

Embarking Together on Solitary Journeys by Hilma Wolitzer

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805067415
Subtitle:
Collected Essays from The New York Times
Introduction:
Darnton, John
Author:
The New York Times
Author:
Darnton, John
Publisher:
Times Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Times Books
Series:
Writers on Writing
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20020501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.46 x 0.765 in

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"Review" by , "The essays...are all unified by an overwhelming sense of generosity of spirit, of writers offering encouragement, reflection, and introspection..."
"Review" by , "Darnton conceived of the idea while he was writing his first novel and struggling with matters of craft, art, and intent. He sensed that readers, many of whom wish they were writers, would enjoy reading about writers' lives, and his subsequent invitations to stellar literary talents to write about writing resulted in piquant, bracing, and virtuosic essays that are as much about life as they are about creativity."
"Review" by , "Unlike many assemblages of previously published works, this collection of 41 essays from the New York Times's "Writers on Writing" column is more than the sum of its parts. Just as Times culture editor Darnton hoped when he devised the series for writers to "talk about their craft," the result is a thoughtful examination of writers' concerns about the creative process and the place of literature in America. Appropriately for works commissioned for a major newspaper, the essays are immediately engaging and compelling all the way through....Overall, the writers' pensiveness and amity make for a thought-provoking yet reassuring read a good bedside book. Fans of writers-on-writing anthologies and close readers of the New York Times who may have bypassed these essays for the immediate payoff of a front-page headline should pause to enjoy this rich collection."
"Synopsis" by , Today's most celebrated writers explore literature and the literary life in an inspirational collection of original essays".Writers on Writing" brings together more than 40 of contemporary literature's finest voices, with essays by Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E.L. Doctorow, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, Carl Hiaasen and more.
"Synopsis" by ,
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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