First We Read, Then We Write Emerson on the Creative Process

ISBN-10: 1587297930

ISBN-13: 9781587297939

Edition: 2009

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Writing was the central passion of Emersonrsquo;s life. While his thoughts on the craft are well developed in ldquo;The Poet,rdquo; ldquo;The American Scholar,rdquo;Nature, ldquo;Goethe,rdquo; and ldquo;Persian Poetry,rdquo; less well known are the many pages in his private journals devoted to the relationship between writing and reading. Here, for the first time, is the Concord Sagersquo;s energetic, exuberant, and unconventional advice on the idea of writing, focused and distilled by the preeminent Emerson biographer at work today. Emerson advised that ldquo;the way to write is to throw your body at the mark when your arrows are spent.rdquo;First We Read, Then We Writecontains numerous such surprises-from ldquo;every word we speak is million-facedrdquo; to ldquo;talent alone cannot make a writerrdquo;-but it is no mere collection of aphorisms and exhortations. Instead, in Robert Richardsonrsquo;s hands, the biographical and historical context in which Emerson worked becomes clear. Emersonrsquo;s advice grew from his personal experience; in practically every moment of his adult life he was either preparing to write, trying to write, or writing. Richardson shows us an Emerson who is no granite bust but instead is a fully fleshed, creative person disarmingly willing to confront his own failures. Emerson urges his readers to try anything-strategies, tricks, makeshifts-speaking not only of the nuts and bolts of writing but also of the grain and sinew of his determination. Whether a writer by trade or a novice, every reader will find something to treasure in this volume. Fearlessly wrestling with ldquo;the birthing stage of art,rdquo; Emersonrsquo;s counsel on being a reader and writer will be read and reread for years to come.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 3/16/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 112
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Robert Richardson is an independent scholar who has taught at the University of Denver, Harvard University, and several other schools.

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