Letters to a Young Writer

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Letters to a Young Writer

Letters to a Young Writer

  • Author: Colum McCann
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1408885018
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 192
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I hope there is something here for any young writer – or any older writer, for that matter – who happens to be looking for a teacher to come along, a teacher who, in the end, can really teach nothing at all but fire. From the critically acclaimed Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin, comes a paean to the power of language, and a direct address to the artistic, professional and philosophical concerns that challenge and sometimes torment an author. Comprising fifty-two short prose pieces, Letters to a Young Writer ranges from practical matters of authorship, such as finding an agent, the pros and cons of creative writing degrees and handling bad reviews, through to the more joyous and celebratory, as McCann elucidates the pleasures to be found in truthful writing, for: 'the best writing makes us glad that we are – however briefly – alive.' Emphatic and empathetic, pragmatic and profound, this is an essential companion to any author's journey – and a deeply personal work from one of our greatest literary voices.

Letters to a Young Poet

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Letters to a Young Poet

Letters to a Young Poet

  • Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • ISBN: 9781577313267
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 128
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These have been called the most famous and beloved letters of the past century. Rainer Maria Rilke himself said that much of his creative expression went into his correspondence, and here he touches upon a wide range of subjects that will interest writers, artists,and thinkers. This luminous translation of Rainer Maria Rilke's classic offers brilliant inspiration to all people who seek to know and express their inner truth. Letters to a Young Poet is a classic that should be required reading for anyone who dreams of expressing themselves creatively.

Letters to a Young Novelist

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Letters to a Young Novelist

Letters to a Young Novelist

  • Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 1429921927
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 144
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Mario Vargas Llosa condenses a lifetime of writing, reading, and thought into an essential manual for aspiring writers. Drawing on the stories and novels of writers from around the globe-Borges, Bierce, Céline, Cortázar, Faulkner, Kafka, Robbe-Grillet-he lays bare the inner workings of fiction, all the while urging young novelists not to lose touch with the elemental urge to create. Conversational, eloquent, and effortlessly erudite, this little book is destined to be read and re-read by young writers, old writers, would-be writers, and all those with a stake in the world of letters.

Sonnets to Orpheus and Letters To a Young Poet

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Sonnets to Orpheus and Letters To a Young Poet

Sonnets to Orpheus and Letters To a Young Poet

  • Author: Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Publisher: Carcanet
  • ISBN: 1847775624
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 224
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They are perhaps most mysterious, even to me,' wrote Rainer Maria Rilke of the Sonnets to Orpheus, 'in the manner in which they arrived and imposed themselves on me - the most puzzling dictation I have ever received and taken down.' Rilke, born in Prague in 1875, died at Valmont near Montreux in the last days of 1926. His Sonnets to Orpheus may appear comparatively simple, even casual, at first reading, but they are crammed with content which resonates far beyond the familiar legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. The Sonnets have an astonishing range which takes in the Singing God and his beloved Eurydice; legend in general, along with time, flight and change; architecture, music and dance; animals, plants, flowers and fruits. They ask to be read by the ear and by the inner eye as much as by the intellect. The Sonnets were 'taken down' during a very few weeks in 1922 - weeks in which the poet also brought his Duino Elegies to completion. In them, Rilke partly identifies himself with Orpheus. The young dancer Vera, for whom the Sonnets are inscribed, taken so young into the Underworld, becomes Eurydice. A tension which adds life to Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus comes through a paradox. Rilke's was a deeply inward, introspective nature, but in the Sonnets he succeeds brilliantly in looking out from his isolation: in making poetry from material which lies in an important sense 'outside'. Rilke's ten letters to the young officer-cadet Franz Xavier Kappus, written between 1903 and 1908, were later published as Letters to a Young Poet. By now the letters have become a part of literary folklore. They contain insights which are as profound today as when they were written, almost a century ago.

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story

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Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story

A Life of David Foster Wallace

  • Author: D. T. Max
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101601116
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 368
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The acclaimed New York Times–bestselling biography and “emotionally detailed portrait of the artist as a young man” (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times) Since his untimely death by suicide at the age of forty-six in 2008, David Foster Wallace has become more than the representative writer of his literary generation—he has become a symbol of sincerity and honesty in an inauthentic age, a figure whose reputation and reach grow by the day. In this compulsively readable biography, D. T. Max charts Wallace’s tormented, anguished, and often triumphant battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest. Written with the cooperation of Wallace family members and friends and with access to hundreds of Wallace’s unpublished letters, manuscripts, and journals, this revelatory biography illuminates the unique connections between Wallace’s life and his fiction in a gripping and deeply moving narrative that will transfix readers.

Letters to a Young Lady

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Letters to a Young Lady

Letters to a Young Lady

In which the Duties and Character of Women are Considered, Chiefly with a Reference to Prevailing Opinions

  • Author: Mrs. West (Jane)
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Women
  • Page: N.A
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Alan Jay Lerner

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Alan Jay Lerner

Alan Jay Lerner

A Lyricist's Letters

  • Author: Dominic McHugh
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199394881
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 408
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The man behind "I Could Have Danced all Night" and "Almost Like Being in Love", lyricist Alan Jay Lerner (1918-1986) is widely regarded as one of the most important figures of the American musical stage. In penning the lyrics to some of the most well-known and beloved Broadway shows, including Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, and Camelot, Lerner worked and corresponded with some of the greatest luminaries of popular entertainment over a career which spanned four decades, from performers like Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews to composers like André Previn, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and especially Frederick Loewe. In this rich collection of correspondence, most of it published for the first time, author Dominic McHugh sheds new light on Lerner's working relationships with these legendary figures. McHugh's extensive commentary reveals Lerner's turbulent partnerships with Loewe and Lane, his affection for Harrison, and his reverence for Burton. Particular emphasis is placed on Lerner's aborted projects with composers like Richard Rodgers and Arthur Schwartz. Especially valuable is the correspondence from his final years, in which he worked on a movie version of The Merry Widow, a BBC TV series about musicals, and a musical version of My Man Godfrey, none of which came to fruition. The collection ends with a poignant final exchange between Lerner and Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom he was to have written The Phantom of the Opera. Overall, this important and lively book reveals the highs and lows of the career of one of America's wittiest and most romantic lyricists.

The Diary of Anaïs Nin

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The Diary of Anaïs Nin

The Diary of Anaïs Nin

1966–1974

  • Author: Anaïs Nin
  • Publisher: HMH
  • ISBN: 0544477804
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 384
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The seventh and final volume of the author’s “remarkable” diary is filled with the reflections of an older woman as she journeys through the world (Los Angeles Times). “One of the most remarkable diaries in the history of letters” ends as the author wished: not with her last two years of pain but at a joyous moment on a trip to Bali (Los Angeles Times). As she ages, Anaïs Nin reflects on how the deeply personal and introspective nature of her writings intertwines with her public life and her connections with other people, including her devoted readers. “One of the most extraordinary and unconventional writers of [the twentieth] century.” —The New York Times Book Review Edited and with a preface by Gunther Stuhlmann

A History of German Literature

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A History of German Literature

A History of German Literature

From the Beginnings to the Present Day

  • Author: Wolfgang Beutin,Klaus Ehlert,Wolfgang Emmerich,Helmut Hoffacker,Bernd Lutz,Volker Meid,Ralf Schnell,Peter Stein,Inge Stephan
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134928165
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 816
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Since the appearance of its first edition in Germany in 1979, A History of German Literature has established itself as a classic work used by students and anyone interested in German literature. The volume chronologically traces the development of German literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. Throughout this chronology, literary developments are set in a social and political context. This includes a final chapter, written for this latest edition, on the consequences of the reunification of Germany in 1990. Thoroughly interdiscipinary in method, the work also reflects recent developments in literary criticism and history. Highly readable and stimulating, A History of German Literature succeeds in making the literature of the past as immediate and engaging as the works of the present. It is both a scholary study and an invaluable reference work for students.

A Darkening Green

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A Darkening Green

A Darkening Green

Notes on Harvard, the 1950's and the End of Innocence

  • Author: Peter S. Prescott,Peter Prescott
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • ISBN: 1412821258
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 222
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This is a book about the end of childhood. Much of it isdrawn directly from a diary the author kept while he wasa bright but insecure freshman at Harvard in the 1950s.From these pages emerges a precise description of theraw, half-understood experience of late adolescence--theanguish and arguments, the rivalry and anxiety about sex,the facile cynicism and desperate fumblings for purpose,the bull sessions held late at night--just as Peter Prescottrecorded them only hours after the event. These diary excerpts are contained in a narrative thatexamines that freshman experience from a vantage pointof twenty years. Thus, we are able to look at the past witha double perspective: Th e exact record, unclouded bymemory or nostalgia, of what was said and done is set ina structure that reveals the form of the experience. Th eresult is an ironic, witty, and often moving book. Writing with some compassion and even more asperity,Peter S. Prescott not only captures the confl icts andemotions of a single year, but probes beneath the surfaceof memory to explore certain tribal customs and rites ofpassage as they are played out in the classrooms and livingquarters of the college. A few famous people--T. S. Eliotand Edith Sitwell among them--play brief parts in thischronicle, but young Prescott's attention was primarilyengaged in his struggle with his extravagant roommatesand an assortment of eccentric undergraduates. Peter S. Prescott was book review editorfor Newsweek. His books include Encounterswith American Culture (Volumes 1 and 2),and The Child Savers: Juvenile Justice Observed.His critical essays about books andother cultural phenomena have appeared innumerous magazines and newspapers. Anne Lake Prescott is Helen GoodhartAltschul Professor of English at Barnard College. She is aspecialist in the English Renaissance and is affi liated with thecomparative literature program and the medieval and Renaissancestudies program at Barnard College. Her most recentbook is Renaissance Historicisms: Essays in Honor of ArthurF. Kinney.