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How Fiction Works

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ISBN-10: 0374173400

ISBN-13: 9780374173401

Edition: 2008

Authors: James Wood

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What makes a story a story? What is style? What’s the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widely—from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings—Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step. The result is nothing less than a philosophy of the novel—plainspoken, funny, blunt—in the traditions of E. M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel and Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. It sums up two decades of insight with wit and concision. It will change the way you read.
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 7/22/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

JAMES WOOD is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a visiting lecturer at Harvard. In addition to How Fiction Works, he is the author of two essay collections, The Broken Estate and The Irresponsible Self, a novel, The Book Against God.