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Writers on Writing, Volume II: More Collected Essays from the New York Times

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Publisher Comments:

Todays most celebrated writers explore the literary life in a second collection of inspiring and eye-opening essays

In a second volume of original essays drawn from the long-running New York Times column, Writers on Writing brings together another group of contemporary literatures finest voices to muse on the challenges and gifts of language and creativity.

The pieces ranges from taciturn, hilarious advice for aspiring writers to thoughtful, soul-wrenching reflections on writing in the midst of national tragedy. William Kennedy talks about the intersecting lives of real and imagined Albany politics; Susan Isaacs reveals her nostalgia for a long-retired protaganist; and Elmore Leonard offers pithy rules for letting the writing, and not the writer, take charge. Writers on Writing offers an uncommon and revealing view of the writers world.

Contributors include Diane Ackerman, Margaret Atwood, Ann Beattie, Geraldine Brooks, Frank Conroy, Chitra Divakaruni, Allegra Goodman, Kathryn Harrison, Mary Karr, Patrick McGrath, Arthur Miller, P. J. ORourke, Anna Quinlan, Amy Tan, and Edmund White.

Review:

"Aspiring writers will find plenty of inspiration — and helpful counsel — from this collection, in which the writing is less stuffy and more relaxed than in a similar collection from the Washington Post." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Why write, what about, for whom, and in whose voice are crucial concerns addressed by some of the finest living practitioners of this noble art, and readers will love being privy to their ruminations." Booklist

Synopsis:

"Glimpses into writers and the circumstances that shape them . . . Valuable gleanings."-Kirkus Reviews

In a second volume of original essays drawn from the long-running New York Times column, Writers on Writing brings together another group of contemporary literature's finest voices to muse on the challenges and gifts of language and creativity.

The pieces range from taciturn, hilarious advice for aspiring writers to thoughtful, soul-wrenching reflections on writing in the midst of national tragedy. William Kennedy talks about the intersecting lives of real and imagined Albany politics; Susan Isaacs reveals her nostalgia for a long-retired protagonist; and Elmore Leonard offers pithy rules for letting the writing, and not the writer, take charge. With contributions from Diane Ackerman, Margaret Atwood, Frank Conroy, Mary Karr, Patrick McGrath, Arthur Miller, Amy Tan, and Edmund White, Writers on Writing, Volume II offers an uncommon and revealing view of the writer's world.

About the Author

Jane Smiley is the author of ten works of fiction, including Good Faith; Horse Heaven; A Thousand Acres, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize; and Moo. She lives in northern California.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Jane Smiley

Poems Foster Self-Discovery by Diane Ackerman

A Path Taken, with All the Certainty of Youth by Margaret Atwood

Essentials Get Lost in the Shuffle of Publicity by Ann Beattie

Timeless Tact Helps Sustain a Literary Time Traveler by Geraldine Brooks

Yes, There Are Second Acts (Literary Ones) in American Lives by Alan Cheuse

Footprints of Greatness on Your Turf by Frank Conroy

New Insights into the Novel? Try Reading Three Hundred by Chitra Divakaruni

Returning to Proust's World Stirs Remembrance by Leslie Epstein

Forget Ideas, Mr. Author. What Kind of Pen Do You Use? By Stephen Fry

In Paris and Moscow, a Novelist Finds His Time and Place by Alan Furst

Recognizing the Book That Needs to Be Written by Dorothy Gallagher

How to Insult a Writer by Herbert Gold

Calming the Inner Critic and Getting to Work by Allegra Goodman

A Narrator Leaps Past Journalism by Vivian Gornick

They Leap from Your Brain Then Take Over Your Heart by Andrew Greeley

When Inspiration Stared Stoically from an Old Photograph by Kathryn Harrison

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A Career Despite Dad's Advice by Michael Holroyd

Seeing the Unimaginable Freezes the Imagination by A. M. Homes

Hemingway's Blessing, Copland's Collaboration by A. E. Hotchner

Returning to the Character Who Started It All by Susan Isaacs

Negotiating the Darkness, Fortified by Poets' Strength by Mary Karr

Hometown Boy Makes Waves by William Kennedy

As Her Son Creates His Story, a Mother Waits for the Ending by Beth Kephart

The Glory of a First Book by Brad Leithauser

Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle by Elmore Leonard

A Famous Author Says: "Swell Book! Loved It!" by Elinor Lipman

Hearing the Notes That Aren't Played by David Mamet

Heroism in Trying Times by Patrick McGrath

Shattering the Silence, Illuminating the Hatred by Arthur Miller

Overcome by Intensity, Redeemed by Effort by Honor Moore

A Novelist's Life Is Altered by Her Alter Ego by Marcia Muller

Computers Invite a Tangled Web of Complications by P. J. O'Rourke

Saluting All the King's Mentors by Jay Parini

Why Not Put Off Till Tomorrow the Novel You Could Begin Today? By Ann Patchett

The Eye of the Reporter, the Heart of the Novelist by Anna Quindlen

A Retreat from the World Can Be a Perilous Journey by s20Jonathan Rosen

After Six Novels in Twelve Years, a Character Just Moves On by James Sallis

Fiction and Fact Collide, With Unexpected Consequences by John Sedgwick

Confession Begets Connection by David Shields

A Storyteller Finds Comfort in a Cloak of Anonymity by Susan Richards Shreve

Autumnal Accounting Endangers Happiness by Richard Stern

Family Ghosts Hoard Secrets That Bewitch the Living by Amy Tan

A Bedeviling Question in the Cadence of English by Shashi Tharoor

Still Replying to Grandmas Persistent "And Then?" by Frederic Tuten

A Pseudonym Retums from an Alter-Ego Trip, with New Tales to Tell by Donald E. Westlake

Before a Rendezvous with the Muse, First Select the Music by Edmund White

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805073614
Subtitle:
More Collected Essays from The New York Times
Introduction:
Smiley, Jane
Author:
Smiley, Jane
Author:
The New York Times
Publisher:
Times Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Writers on Writing
Series Volume:
02
Publication Date:
20040501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.29 x 5.92 x 0.72 in

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Writers on Writing, Volume II: More Collected Essays from the New York Times
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Product details 288 pages Times Books - English 9780805073614 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Aspiring writers will find plenty of inspiration — and helpful counsel — from this collection, in which the writing is less stuffy and more relaxed than in a similar collection from the Washington Post." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Why write, what about, for whom, and in whose voice are crucial concerns addressed by some of the finest living practitioners of this noble art, and readers will love being privy to their ruminations."
"Synopsis" by ,
"Glimpses into writers and the circumstances that shape them . . . Valuable gleanings."-Kirkus Reviews

In a second volume of original essays drawn from the long-running New York Times column, Writers on Writing brings together another group of contemporary literature's finest voices to muse on the challenges and gifts of language and creativity.

The pieces range from taciturn, hilarious advice for aspiring writers to thoughtful, soul-wrenching reflections on writing in the midst of national tragedy. William Kennedy talks about the intersecting lives of real and imagined Albany politics; Susan Isaacs reveals her nostalgia for a long-retired protagonist; and Elmore Leonard offers pithy rules for letting the writing, and not the writer, take charge. With contributions from Diane Ackerman, Margaret Atwood, Frank Conroy, Mary Karr, Patrick McGrath, Arthur Miller, Amy Tan, and Edmund White, Writers on Writing, Volume II offers an uncommon and revealing view of the writer's world.

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