To Show and to Tell The Craft of Literary Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 1451696329
ISBN-13: 9781451696325
Edition: 2013
Authors: Phillip Lopate
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Description: A long-awaited new book on personal writing from Phillip Lopate—celebrated essayist, the director of Columbia University’s nonfiction program, and editor ofThe Art of the Personal Essay.In his acclaimed classic anthologyThe Art of the Personal  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 2/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

A long-awaited new book on personal writing from Phillip Lopate—celebrated essayist, the director of Columbia University’s nonfiction program, and editor ofThe Art of the Personal Essay.In his acclaimed classic anthologyThe Art of the Personal Essay, Phillip Lopate gave readers a premier collection of the finest essays in the genre. Now, inTo Show and to Tell, he provides the nuts and bolts, offering a refreshing new master class on the craft of the personal narrative, including the personal essay and memoir.In his flawless, appealing conversational prose, Lopate gives expert guidance on navigating the many issues facing writers today, including how to turn oneself into a character, how to write about friends and loved ones, and how to successfully end an essay, all the while elaborating on the evolving place of creative nonfiction in the literary world. The result is a brilliant magnum opus compiled from over forty years of teaching his craft to thousands of young writers, from elementary students to MFAs. An award-winning essayist and author himself, Lopate brings vividly into focus the true lifeblood of writing: exploration of one’s innermost thoughts, feelings, and perceptions, and the art of thinking, engagingly, on the page. With his guidance, writers in every field and at every stage of their careers are certain to learn a thing or two.

Phillip Lopate is a professor at Columbia University, where he directs the graduate nonfiction program.

Introduction
The Craft of Personal Narrative
The State of Nonfiction Today
On the Necessity of Turning Oneself into a Character
Reflection and Retrospection: A Pedagogic Mystery Story
How Do You End an Essay?
The Uses of Contrariety
Imagination Thin and Thick
Facts Have Implications: or, Is Nonfiction Really Fiction?
On the Ethics of Writing about Others
Modesty and Assertion
On Writers' Journals
The Essay: Exploration or Argument?
The Made-Up Self: On the Difficulty of Turning Oneself into a Character
Research and Personal Writing
The Lyric Essay
The Personal Essay in the Age of Facebook
Studies of Practitioners
Lamb's Essays of Elia
Hazlitt on Hating
How I Became an Emersonian
Teaching James Baldwin
Edward Hoagland: The Dean of American Essayists
The Memoir and Its Critics: Two Takes
Acknowledgments
Reading List

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