Sound on the Page Great Writers Talk about Style and Voice in Writing

ISBN-10: 0060938226
ISBN-13: 9780060938222
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ben Yagoda
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

In writing, style matters. Our favorite writers often entertain, move, and inspire us less by what they say than by how they say it. In The Sound on the Page, acclaimed author, teacher, and critic Ben Yagoda offers practical and incisive help for writers on developing and discovering their own style and voice. This wonderfully rich and readable book features interviews with more than 40 of our most important authors discussing their literary style, including: Dave Barry Harold Bloom Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Bill Bryson Michael Chabon Andrei Codrescu Junot Daz Adam Gopnik Jamaica Kincaid Michael Kinsley Elmore Leonard Elizabeth McCracken Susan Orlean Cynthia Ozick Anna Quindlen Jonathan Raban David Thomson Tobias Wolff

Ben Yagoda is a journalism professor at the University of Delaware. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of twelve books, including About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made; How to Not Write Bad; Memoir: A History; and Will Rogers: A Biography. He contributes to The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Lingua Franca" blog and has written for Slate, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and The American Scholar, among other publications. Yagoda lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, with his wife.

Introduction: The Argument
Style from the Outside: Theory
The History of an Idea
Interlude--Quotes on Style
Writing, Speech, and the Middle Style
Interlude--"Looking for a Click in My Head": Music and Style
A Field Guide to Styles
Interlude--Engendering Style
"Style Is the Man Himself": Style and Personality
Style from the Inside: Practice
Finding a Voice, Finding a Style
Interlude--Progress in Works
What Writers Talk About When They Talk About Style
Interlude--Blindfold Test
Consistency and Change
Style According to Form
By Way of Advice
Appendix
Interviewees
Credits and Permissions
Acknowledgments
Index

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