Negotiating with the Dead

A Writer on Writing

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Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521662604

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 219

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The author of The Handmaid's Tale discusses the writing life and the role of the writer in society, making reference to many other writers, alive and dead, to make her case.

On Writers and Writing

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Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349006245

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 224

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What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood examines the metaphors which writers of fiction and poetry have used to explain - or excuse! - their activities, looking at what costumes they have seen fit to assume, what roles they have chosen to play. In her final chapter she takes up the challenge of the book's title: if a writer is to be seen as 'gifted', who is doing the giving and what are the terms of the gift? Margaret Atwood's wide and eclectic reference to other writers, living and dead, is balanced by anecdotes from her own experiences as a writer, both in Canada and on the international scene. The lightness of her touch is underlined by a seriousness about the purpose and the pleasures of writing, and by a deep familiarity with the myths and traditions of western literature.

On Writers & Writing

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Author: John Gardner

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453203540

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

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John Gardner’s essential collection encompassing the fundamentals of fiction writing In this posthumously published collection of his essays and reviews, acclaimed novelist John Gardner discusses the craft of fiction writing, taking to task some of his best-known contemporaries in the process. Gardner criticizes some for writing disingenuous fiction, and commends others who produce literature that acts as a life-affirming force. He offers insights into and exacting critiques on such writers as Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and John Cheever, while addressing his personal influences and delivering broad-ranging observations on literary culture. Provocative and poignant, On Writers & Writing is a must-read for both aspiring writers and careful readers of American literature. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives.

Writing Alone, Writing Together

A Guide for Writers and Writing Groups

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Author: Judy Reeves

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 9781577318248

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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The lonely life of a writer need not be. There are ways to break that isolation and find encouragement and support within groups of like-minded people. Sections in Writing Alone, Writing Together include Writing Practice Groups, Creating Writing Prompts, Group Leadership, and even What to Do with the Bores, Whiners, Control Junkies, and Thugs. Whether the group is oriented toward writing the great American novel or a family memory book, this useful book offers an array of effective techniques to help writers achieve their goals.

The Other Shore

Essays on Writers and Writing

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Author: Michael Jackson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520275241

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 205

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In this book, ethnographer and poet Michael Jackson addresses the interplay between modes of writing, modes of understanding, and modes of being in the world. Drawing on literary, anthropological and autobiographical sources, he explores writing as a technics akin to ritual, oral storytelling, magic and meditation, that enables us to reach beyond the limits of everyday life and forge virtual relationships and imagined communities. Although Maurice Blanchot wrote of the impossibility of writing, the passion and paradox of literature lies in its attempt to achieve the impossible--a leap of faith that calls to mind the mystic's dark night of the soul, unrequited love, nostalgic or utopian longing, and the ethnographer's attempt to know the world from the standpoint of others, to put himself or herself in their place. Every writer, whether of ethnography, poetry, or fiction, imagines that his or her own experiences echo the experiences of others, and that despite the need for isolation and silence his or her work consummates a relationship with them.

The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way

On Writers and Writing

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Author: Charles Bukowski

Publisher: City Lights Books

ISBN: 087286782X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 292

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“Genius could be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way, or even to say a simple thing in a simpler way.”—Charles Bukowski In The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way, Charles Bukowski considers the art of writing, and the art of living as a writer. Bringing together a variety of previously uncollected stories, columns, reviews, introductions, and interviews, this book finds him approaching the dynamics of his chosen profession with cynical aplomb, deflating pretensions and tearing down idols armed with only a typewriter and a bottle of beer. Beginning with the title piece—a serious manifesto disguised as off-handed remarks en route to the racetrack—The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way runs through numerous tales following the author’s adventures at poetry readings, parties, film sets, and bars, and also features an unprecedented gathering of Bukowski’s singular literary criticism. From classic authors like Hemingway to underground legends like d.a. levy to his own stable of obscure favorites, Bukowski uses each occasion to expound on the larger issues around literary production. The book closes with a handful of interviews in which he discusses his writing practices and his influences, making this a perfect guide to the man behind the myth and the disciplined artist behind the boozing brawler. Born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, Charles Bukowski (1920–1994) is the author of over forty-five books of poetry and prose. David Stephen Calonne has written several books and edited four previous volumes of uncollected Bukowski for City Lights.

Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog

On Writers and Writing

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Author: Louis Decimus Rubin

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826265043

Category: History

Page: 144

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"Examines the problems facing the American literary scene, including creative writing programs, sports writing, Southern literature, publishing, and poetry, with references to William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, James Joyce, Thomas Wolfe, Mark Twain, Joyce Carol Oates, T. S. Eliot, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Herman Melville, and Ernest Hemingway"--Provided by publisher.

Mental Hygiene

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Author: Ray Robertson

Publisher: Insomniac Press

ISBN: 1897414544

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 209

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One of today's best young novelists, Ray Robertson is also one of its ablest critics. Mental Hygiene is a collection of his most entertaining, insightful, controversial, and funniest reviews and essays written over the last five years. Believing that ''writers have a responsibility to help maintain the mental hygiene of their time, '' Robertson, following in the footsteps of Mordecai Richler and other novelist-critics such as Anthony Burgess, Kingsley and Martin Amis and John Updike, is at the front line of contemporary literary debate. Whether castigating the bland cabal he refers to as McCanlit, poking fun at the trendy ephemera of intellectual fashion or arguing for his own unique fictional aesthetic, Robertson pulls no punches and suffers no fools

One Person and Another

On Writers and Writing

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Author: Richard G. Stern

Publisher: Baskerville Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 425

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"This book ... is intended as a companion volume to Noble Rot. stories 1949-1988"--Page (Note). Includes bibliographical references and index.

Writing for Animals

An Anthology for Writers and Instructors to Educate and Inspire

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Author: Joanna Lilley,Lisa Johnson,Rosemary Lombard,Kipp Wessel,Paula MacKay,Hannah Sandoval,Beth Lyons,Hunter Liguore,Marybeth Holleman,Midge Raymond,Sangamithra Iyer,Alex Lockwood

Publisher: Ashland Creek Press

ISBN: 1618220594

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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No Mentor But Myself

Jack London on Writers and Writing

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Author: Jack London,Dale L. Walker,Jeanne Campbell Reesman

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804736367

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 243

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For this edition of Jack London's observations on the craft of writing—culled from essays, reviews, letters, and autobiographical writings—a significant amount of new material has been added.

In Fact

Essays on Writers and Writing

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Author: Thomas Mallon

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 0307824306

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 368

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From the acclaimed novelist (Henry and Clara, Two Moons), essayist (A Book of One's Own), and critic (1998 National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing)—an engaging new collection of essays. In Fact gathers the best of Thomas Mallon's superb criticism from the past twenty-two years—essays that appeared in his GQ column, "Doubting Thomas," and in The New York Times Book Review, The American Scholar, The New Yorker, and Harper's, among other publications. Here are his evaluations of the work of contemporary writers such as Nicholson Baker, Peter Carey, Tom Wolfe, Do DeLillo, Joan Didion, and Robert Stone, and reassessments of such earlier twentieth-century figures as John O'Hara, Sinclair Lewis, Truman Capote, and Mary McCarthy. Mallon also considers an array of odd literary genres and phenomena—including book indexes, obituaries, plagiarism, cancelled checks, fan mail, and author tours. And he turns his sharp eye on historical fiction (his own genre) as well as on the history, practice, and future of memoir. Smart, unorthodox, and impassioned, this collection is an integral piece of an important literary career and an altogether marvelous read. From the Hardcover edition.

Hell and Back

Reflections on Writers and Writing from Dante to Rushdie

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Author: Tim Parks

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1628720069

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 360

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In this brilliant collection of essays, Tim Parks, a celebrated novelist and master of the essay form, offers a wide range of wonderfully challenging and always provocative reflections on literature and the art of writing. Parks turns his attention to classic authors such as Dante, Leopardi, Borges, Beckett, and Christina Stead; contemporary writers including Vikram Seth and Salman Rushdie; and the late W. G. Sebald and José Saramago, along with a dozen others. The lead essay on Dante sets the tone for the entire collection: erudite, contemplative, witty, and meticulous, it constantly offers new insights into The Inferno, that most celebrated of all poems. In Hell and Back, Tim Parks reminds us just how exciting the essay form can be.

When people publish

essays on writers and writing

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Author: Frederick Busch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 163

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Writers on Writing

Collected Essays from The New York Times

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Author: John Darnton

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780805070859

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

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A collection of touching, humorous, and practical writings explores literature and the art of writing with contributions from Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Carl Hiaasen, Alice Hoffman, John Updike, and many others. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

The Trip to Echo Spring

On Writers and Drinking

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Author: Olivia Laing

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1250039584

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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WHY IS IT THAT SOME OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF LITERATURE HAVE BEEN PRODUCED BY WRITERS IN THE GRIP OF ALCOHOLISM, AN ADDICTION THAT COST THEM PERSONAL HAPPINESS AND CAUSED HARM TO THOSE WHO LOVED THEM? In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver. All six of these writers were alcoholics, and the subject of drinking surfaces in some of their finest work, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to A Moveable Feast. Often, they did their drinking together: Hemingway and Fitzgerald ricocheting through the cafés of Paris in the 1920s; Carver and Cheever speeding to the liquor store in Iowa in the icy winter of 1973. Olivia Laing grew up in an alcoholic family herself. One spring, wanting to make sense of this ferocious, entangling disease, she took a journey across America that plunged her into the heart of these overlapping lives. As she travels from Cheever's New York to Williams's New Orleans, and from Hemingway's Key West to Carver's Port Angeles, she pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, from the horrors of addiction to the miraculous possibilities of recovery. Beautiful, captivating, and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

Reading Like a Writer

A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

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Author: Francine Prose

Publisher: Union Books

ISBN: 1908526149

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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DIV In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humour and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart – to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue and to Flannery O’Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail; to be inspired by Emily Brontë’s structural nuance and Charles Dickens’s deceptively simple narrative techniques. Most importantly, Prose cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted, and reminds us that good writing comes out of good reading. /div

On Writing

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Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

Writing with Intent

Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose: 1983-2005

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Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780786747764

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

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From one of the world's most passionately engaged and acclaimed literary citizens comes Writing with Intent, the largest collection to date of Margaret Atwood's nonfiction, ranging from 1983 to 2005. Composed of autobiographical essays, cultural commentary, book reviews, and introductory pieces to great works of literature, this is the award-winning author's first book-length nonfiction publication in twenty years. Arranged chronologically, these writings display the development of Atwood's worldview as the world around her changes. Included are the Booker Prize–winning author's reviews of books by John Updike, Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, and others, as well as essays in which she remembers herself reading Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse at age nineteen, and discusses the influence of George Orwell's 1984 on the writing of The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood's New York Times Book Review piece that helped make Orhan Pamuk's Snow a bestseller can be found here, as well as a look back on a family trip to Afghanistan just before the Soviet invasion, and her "Letter to America," written after September 11, 2001. The insightful and memorable pieces in this book serve as a testament to Atwood's career, reminding readers why she is one of the most esteemed writers of our time.

On Writers and Writing Diary

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Author: Tide-Mark Press, Limited

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781559496346

Category:

Page: N.A

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Description: Introduced more than 10 years ago, this year's version of the popular desk diary offers 53 original essays about the lives and careers of writers throughout history. The essays are illustrated with a photo of each writer or an image associated with their work. In addition to the 53 artists featured in the desk diary, more than 400 additional writers are listed by birth date. Notes: The authors of On Writers and Writing are both biographers. Helen Sheehy is the author of Margo: The Life and Theater of Margo Jones, (Southern Methodist University Press, 1989) and Eva Le Gallienne (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996). A resident of Connecticut, Sheehy has written a theater textbook, a number of articles and essays, and has taught theater for more than 25 years. Leslie Stainton, who lives in Michigan, is the author of Lorca: A Dream of Life (Bloomsbury, 1998; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999). Her articles and essays have appeared in newspapers and periodicals including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and American Theater magazine. Writers Featured in the 2004 Edition of On Writers and Writing Desk Diary Abbott, George Alfreri, Vittorio Birdwatching Bradbury, Malcolm Buchner, Georg Bunyan, John Burgess, Anthony Burnett, Frances Hodgson Burns, Robert Camilo, Jose Cela Cary, Alice Childress, Alice Coatsworth, Elizabeth Concord, Massachusetts Corneille, Pierre de la Fontaine, Jean de Maupassant, Guy Defoe, Daniel Dryden, John Dunnett, Dorothy Durrenmatt, Friedrich Edwards, Jonathan Frazer, Sir James Gardner, Earle Stanley Gordon, Ruth Haiku Highsmith, Patricia Horace Howells, William Dean Hughes, Langston Huxley, Aldous Jarrell, Randall Jefferson, Thomas L'Amour, Louis Lindgren, AstridMayakovsky, Vladimir Melodrama Mencken, H.L. Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing Puig, Manuel Quasi