Writers on Writing Collected Essays from the New York Times

ISBN-10: 0805070850

ISBN-13: 9780805070859

Edition: 2002 (Revised)

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Now in paperback, today's most celebrated writers explore literature and the literary life in an inspirational collection of original essays. By turns poignant, hilarious, and practical, Writers on Writing brings together more than forty of contemporary literature's finest voices. Pieces range from reflections on the daily craft of writing to the intersection of art's and life's consequential moments. Authors discuss what impels them to write: creating a sense of control in a turbulent universe; bearing witness to events that would otherwise be lost in history or within the writer's soul; recapturing a fragment of time. Others praise mentors and lessons, whether from the classroom, daily circumstances, or the pages of a favorite writer. For anyone interested in the art and rewards of writing, Writers on Writing offers an uncommon and revealing view of a writer's world. Contributors include Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Kent Haruf, Carl Hiaasen, Alice Hoffman, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Miller, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Annie Proulx, Carol Shields, Jane Smiley, Susan Sontag, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Alice Walker, and Elie Wiesel.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 5/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

John Darnton is culture editor for The New York Times. He lives in New York.

A Literary Pilgrim Progresses to the Past
A Novelist's Vivid Memory Spins Fiction of Its Own
To Engage the World More Fully, Follow a Dog
Hidden Within Technology's Empire, a Republic of Letters
Pupils Glimpse an Idea, Teacher Gets a Gold Star
Characters' Weaknesses Build Fictions' Strengths
How Can You Create Fiction When Reality Comes to Call?
From Echoes Emerge Original Voices
Quick Cuts: The Novel Follows Film into a World of Fewer Words
Two Languages in Mind, but Just One in the Heart
Instant Novels? In Your Dreams!
Goofing Off While the Muse Recharges
A Novelist Breaches the Border to Nonfiction
Putting Pen to Paper, but Not Just Any Pen or Just Any Paper
To See Your Story Clearly, Start by Pulling the Wool over Your Own Eyes
Real Life, That Bizarre and Brazen Plagiarist
Sustained by Fiction While Facing Life's Facts
The Enduring Commitment of a Faithful Storyteller
Inventing Life Steals Time, Living Life Begs It Back
Themes Will Emerge When You're Not Looking
Sitting Down a Novelist, Getting Up a Playwright
Those Words That Echo . . . Echo . . . Echo Through Life
A Forbidden Territory Familiar to All
Summoning the Mystery and Tragedy, but in a Subterranean Way
Comforting Lessons in Arranging Life's Details
The Humble Genre Novel, Sometimes Full of Genius
She Was Blond. She Was in Trouble. And She Paid 3 Cents a Word
Virtual Reality: The Perils of Seeking a Novelist's Facts in Her Fiction
For Authors, Fragile Ideas Need Loving Every Day
To Invigorate Literary Mind, Start Moving Literary Feet
Oates A Storyteller Stands Where Justice Confronts Basic Human Needs
Life of Prose and Poetry: An Inspiring Combination
Inspiration? Head Down the Back Road, and Stop for the Yard Sales
If You Invent the Story, You're the First to See How It Ends
Once Upon a Time, Literature. Now What?
Starting with a Tree and Finally Getting to the Death of a Brother
Opting for Invention over the Injury of Invasion
A Reluctant Muse Embraces His Task, and Everything Changes
Directions: Write, Read, Rewrite. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 as Needed
Sontag 0 An Odyssey That Started with Ulysses
Questions of Character: There's No Ego as Wounded as a Wounded Alter Ego
Updike (as Henry Bech) Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists
Metta to Muriel and Other Marvels: A Poets Experience of Meditation
In the Castle of Indolence You Can Hear the Sound of Your Own Mind
A Sacred Magic Can Elevate the Secular Storyteller
Embarking Together on Solitary Journeys
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