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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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Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose.

In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carre for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted.

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.

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An insider's report on how professionals read and write instructs aspiring writers on the methods employed by such literary figures as Kafka, Austen, and Dickens, in a resource that draws on key examples to demonstrate the essentials of good plot and character development. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

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Before there were workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says author and teacher Prose. Prose invites you on a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the very best writers and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carr

Table of Contents

Close reading — Words — Sentences — Paragraphs — Narration — Character — Dialogue — Details — Gesture — Learning from Chekhov — Reading for courage — Books to be read immediately.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061751899
Subtitle:
A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Creator:
Francine Prose
Author:
Francine Prose
Author:
Prose, Francine
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
English language
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Subject:
Creative writing
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Reference-Reading
Subject:
Reference-Sale Books
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Subject:
Sale Books-Literature
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Sale Books-Popular Titles
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Reference-Books on Books
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Publication Date:
20070410
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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Product details 320 pages HarperCollins - English 9780061751899 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An insider's report on how professionals read and write instructs aspiring writers on the methods employed by such literary figures as Kafka, Austen, and Dickens, in a resource that draws on key examples to demonstrate the essentials of good plot and character development. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Before there were workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says author and teacher Prose. Prose invites you on a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the very best writers and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carr
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