Good Prose The Art of Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 1400069750

ISBN-13: 9781400069750

Edition: 2013

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Good Proseis an inspiring book about writing—about the creation of good prose—and it is the record of a warm and productive literary friendship. The story begins in 1973, in the offices ofThe Atlantic Monthly,in Boston, where a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd was the editor who encouraged him. From that article grew a lifelong association. Before long, Kidder’sThe Soul of a New Machine,the first book the two worked on together, had won the Pulitzer Prize. It was a heady moment, but for Kidder and Todd it was only the beginning of an education in the art of nonfiction. Good Proseexplores three major nonfiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs. Kidder and Todd draw candidly, sometimes comically, on their own experience—their mistakes as well as accomplishments—to demonstrate the pragmatic ways in which creative problems get solved. They also turn to the works of a wide range of writers, novelists as well as nonfiction writers, for models and instruction. They talk about narrative strategies (and about how to find a story, sometimes in surprising places), about the ethical challenges of nonfiction, and about practical aspects of making a living as a writer. They offer some tart and emphatic opinions on the current state of language. And they take a clear stand against playing loose with the facts. Their advice is always grounded in the practical world of writing and publishing. Good Prose—like Strunk and White’sThe Elements of Style—is a succinct, authoritative, and entertaining arbiter of standards in contemporary writing, offering guidance for the professional writer and the beginner alike. This wise and useful inspiring book is the perfect companion for anyone who loves to read good books and longs to write one.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 1/15/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Tracy Kidder was educated at the University of Iowa and Harvard University. He served in the US Army in Vietnam. Kidder has garnered numerous literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction and the National Book Award for General Nonfiction both in 1982. He has also been honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, 1990 and the Christopher Award, 1990. His publications include numerous nonfiction articles and short fiction for The Atlantic and other periodicals. Non-Fiction books include The Road to Yuba City, Doubleday, 1974; The Soul of a New Machine, Atlantic Monthly-Little Brown, 1981 for which he won a Pulitzer and a National Book Award; House, Houghton Mifflin, 1985; Old Friends, Houghton Mifflin, 1993; Home Town, Random House, 1999; Mountains Beyond Mountains, Random House, 2003; My Detachment, Random House, 2005; Strength in What Remains, Random House, 2009.

Introduction
Beginnings
Narratives
Story
Point of View
Characters
Structure
Memoirs
Essays
Beyond Accuracy
Fact
Beyond Fact
The Problem of Style
Journalese
The New Vernacular
Institutionalese
Propaganda
Art and Commerce
Being Edited and Editing
Being Edited
Editing
Notes on Usage
Writing Guides and References
Acknowledgments
Index
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