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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

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In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart—to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.

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"'Savard has a pleasant voice, a good vocal range and the important ability to emphasize for clarity and drama. She's especially good at the long and very varied quotes Prose has selected to illustrate the elements of 'close reading,' i.e., paying careful attention to words, sentences, paragraphs, narration, character, dialogue, details and gesture (her chapter headings). Prose has taught writing classes for more than 20 years and published 14 books. To be a good writer — or a good reader — she argues, you must develop the ability to focus on language and explore line by line how the best writers use each element of language to create unique and powerful people and stories. She pulls out words and phrases from various authors to show us, for example, precisely how Flannery O'Connor creates 'the literary equivalent of a fireworks display' while Alice Munro 'writes with the simplicity and beauty of a Shaker box.' This is a an excellent listen that belongs in any reader's or writer's library next to Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. Simultaneous release with the Harper Perennial paperback (Reviews, Apr. 24, 2006). (May)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A distinguished novelist and critic offers an inside look at how the professionals read--and write. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, "Reading Like a Writer" instructs listeners to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart. Unabridged. 7 CDs.

Synopsis:

In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart—to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.

About the Author

Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed bestselling author of more than twelve novels, including the National Book Award finalist Blue Angel. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose is a Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061256561
Subtitle:
A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
Author:
Prose, Francine
Read by:
Savard, Nanette
Read:
Savard, Nanette
Author:
Savard, Nanette
Publisher:
HarperAudio
Subject:
General
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Audio
Publication Date:
20070410
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.78x5.32x1.57 in. .56 lbs.
Media Run Time:
540

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Savard has a pleasant voice, a good vocal range and the important ability to emphasize for clarity and drama. She's especially good at the long and very varied quotes Prose has selected to illustrate the elements of 'close reading,' i.e., paying careful attention to words, sentences, paragraphs, narration, character, dialogue, details and gesture (her chapter headings). Prose has taught writing classes for more than 20 years and published 14 books. To be a good writer — or a good reader — she argues, you must develop the ability to focus on language and explore line by line how the best writers use each element of language to create unique and powerful people and stories. She pulls out words and phrases from various authors to show us, for example, precisely how Flannery O'Connor creates 'the literary equivalent of a fireworks display' while Alice Munro 'writes with the simplicity and beauty of a Shaker box.' This is a an excellent listen that belongs in any reader's or writer's library next to Strunk and White's The Elements of Style. Simultaneous release with the Harper Perennial paperback (Reviews, Apr. 24, 2006). (May)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A distinguished novelist and critic offers an inside look at how the professionals read--and write. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, "Reading Like a Writer" instructs listeners to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart. Unabridged. 7 CDs.
"Synopsis" by , In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart—to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.
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