Writers on Writing More Collected Essays from the New York Times

ISBN-10: 0805075887
ISBN-13: 9780805075885
Edition: 2004 (Revised)
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Description: "Glimpses into writers and the circumstances that shape them . . . Valuable gleanings."-Kirkus Reviews In a second volume of original essays drawn from the long-running New York Times column, Writers on Writing brings together another group of  More...

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 5/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

"Glimpses into writers and the circumstances that shape them . . . Valuable gleanings."-Kirkus Reviews In a second volume of original essays drawn from the long-running New York Times column, Writers on Writing brings together another group of contemporary literature's finest voices to muse on the challenges and gifts of language and creativity. The pieces range from taciturn, hilarious advice for aspiring writers to thoughtful, soul-wrenching reflections on writing in the midst of national tragedy. William Kennedy talks about the intersecting lives of real and imagined Albany politics; Susan Isaacs reveals her nostalgia for a long-retired protagonist; and Elmore Leonard offers pithy rules for letting the writing, and not the writer, take charge. With contributions from Diane Ackerman, Margaret Atwood, Frank Conroy, Mary Karr, Patrick McGrath, Arthur Miller, Amy Tan, and Edmund White, Writers on Writing, Volume II offers an uncommon and revealing view of the writer's world.

Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles, California on September 26, 1949. She received a B. A. at Vassar College in 1971 and an M. F. A. and a Ph.D from the University of Iowa. From 1981 to 1996, she taught undergrad and graduate creative writing workshops at Iowa State University. Her first critically acclaimed novel, The Greenlanders (1988), was preceded by three other novels and a highly regarded short story collection, The Age of Grief (1987). In 1985, she won an O. Henry Award for her short story Lily, which was published in The Atlantic Monthly. Her novel A Thousand Acres (1991) received both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her other works include Moo; Horse Heaven; and Ordinary Love and Good Will. In 2014 her title, Some Luck, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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Poems Foster Self-Discovery
A Path Taken, with All the Certainty of Youth
Essentials Get Lost in the Shuffle of Publicity
Timeless Tact Helps Sustain a Literary Time Traveler
Yes, There Are Second Acts (Literary Ones) in American Lives
Footprints of Greatness on Your Turf
New Insights into the Novel? Try Reading Three Hundred
Returning to Proust's World Stirs Remembrance
Forget Ideas, Mr. Author. What Kind of Pen Do You Use?
In Paris and Moscow, a Novelist Finds His Time and Place
Recognizing the Book That Needs to Be Written
How to Insult a Writer
Calming the Inner Critic and Getting to Work
A Narrator Leaps Past Journalism
They Leap from Your Brain Then Take Over Your Heart
When Inspiration Stared Stoically from an Old Photograph
A Career Despite Dad's Advice
Seeing the Unimaginable Freezes the Imagination
Hemingway's Blessing, Copland's Collaboration
Returning to the Character Who Started It All
Negotiating the Darkness, Fortified by Poets' Strength
Hometown Boy Makes Waves
As Her Son Creates His Story, a Mother Waits for the Ending
The Glory of a First Book
Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle
A Famous Author Says: "Swell Book! Loved It!"
Hearing the Notes That Aren't Played
Heroism in Trying Times
Shattering the Silence, Illuminating the Hatred
Overcome by Intensity, Redeemed by Effort
A Novelist's Life Is Altered by Her Alter Ego
Computers Invite a Tangled Web of Complications
Saluting All the King's Mentors
Why Not Put Off Till Tomorrow the Novel You Could Begin Today?
The Eye of the Reporter, the Heart of the Novelist
A Retreat from the World Can Be a Perilous Journey
After Six Novels in Twelve Years, a Character Just Moves On
Fiction and Fact Collide, with Unexpected Consequences
Confession Begets Connection
A Storyteller Finds Comfort in a Cloak of Anonymity
Autumnal Accounting Endangers Happiness
Family Ghosts Hoard Secrets That Bewitch the Living
A Bedeviling Question in the Cadence of English
Still Replying to Grandma's Persistent "And Then?"
A Pseudonym Returns from an Alter-Ego Trip, with New Tales to Tell
Before a Rendezvous with the Muse, First Select the Music

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