Synopses & Reviews
It will fascinate anyone interested in how fiction gets put together. For the young writer it will become a necessary handbook, a stern judge, an encouraging friend... In the first half of the book, Gardner investigated just what fiction is. In the second half, he treats specific technical matters. The Art of Fiction is filled with lecture counsel, wise encouragement. -John L'Heureux, The New York Times Book Review
A densely packed book of advice to all writers, not just young ones... It is serious, provocative, and funny, and I recommend it to anyone who cares about literature.- Margaret Manning, The Boston Globe
He lays out virtually everything a person might want to know about] how to say it, with good and bad examples and judgments falling like autumn leaves in a November storm. -William McPherson, The Washington Post
The next best thing to graduate workshop in fiction writing. Drawing on examples from Homer to Kafka to Joyce Carol Oates, Gardner unravels the mysteries of plot, sentence structure, diction, and point of view. - Book-of-the-Month Club News
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"John Gardner was famous for his generosity to young writers, and (this book) is his . . . gift to them. The Art of Fiction will fascinate anyone interested in how fiction gets put together. For the young writer, it will become a necessary handbook, a stern judge, an encouraging friend."--The New York Times Book Review.
About the Author
\John Gardner was accorded wide praise for his works of imagination, of criticism, and of scholarship. He was born in 1933 in Batavia, New York. Among the universities at which he taught are Oberlin, San Francisco State,Northwestern, Southern Illinois, Bennington and SUNY-Binghamton. The Art of Fiction was completed before his death in 1982.
Table of Contents
Notes on literary-aesthetic theory -- Aesthetic law and artistic mystery -- Basic skills, genre, and fiction as dream -- Interest and truth -- Metafiction, deconstructino and jazzing around -- Notes on the fictional process -- Common errors -- Technique -- Plotting.