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Living by Fiction

ISBN-10: 0060915447
ISBN-13: 9780060915445
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Description: Living by Fiction is written for--and dedicated to--people who love literature. Dealing with writers such as Nabokov, Barth, Coover, Pynchon, Borges, Garca Mrquez, Beckett, and Calvino, Annie Dillard shows why fiction matters and how it can reveal  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Living by Fiction is written for--and dedicated to--people who love literature. Dealing with writers such as Nabokov, Barth, Coover, Pynchon, Borges, Garca Mrquez, Beckett, and Calvino, Annie Dillard shows why fiction matters and how it can reveal more of the modern world and modern thinking than all the academic sciences combined. Like Joyce Cary's Art and Reality, this is a book by a writer on the issues raised by the art of literature. Readers of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Holy the Firm will recognize Dillard's vivid writing, her humor, and the lively way in which she tackles the urgent questions of meaning in experience itself.

Born 1945 as Annie Doak, in Pittsburgh, Pa., Dillard has lived in Bellingham, Wash. and the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest. She received a B.A and an M.A. in English (1968) from Hollins College. She has been adjunct professor of English and Writer in Residence at Wesleyan University and a columnist for the Wilderness Society. Her involvement with nature is reflected in many of her works including Mornings Like This, The Living, Teaching a Stone to Talk, and the 1975 Pulitzer Prize winning Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Her work also has appeared in such periodicals as The Atlantic, Harper's, and The Christian Science Monitor. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Introduction
Some Contemporary Fiction
Fiction in Bits
Time in Smithereens
The Egg in the Cage
Two Wild Animals, Seven Crazies, and a Breast
Character
Point of View
Return to Narration
The Fiction of Possibility
Art About Art
The Problem of Knowing the World
The Fiction of Possibility
Where Is the Mainstream?
The State of the Art
Revolution, No
Marketplace and Bazaar
Who Listens to Critics?
Fine Writing, Cranks, and the New Morality: Prose Styles
Shooting the Agate
Calling a Spade a Spade
Does the World Have Meaning?
The Hope of the Race
May We Discover Meaning?
Who Is Crazy?
Can Fiction Interpret the World?
How a Whale Means
Find the Hidden Meaning
About Symbol, and with a Diatribe Against Purity
A Diatribe Against Purity
Does the World Have Meaning?
Source Notes
Index

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