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Book The Art of Fiction

Download or read book The Art of Fiction written by John Gardner and published by Vintage. This book was released on 2010-08-18 with total page 242 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers—and will continue to do so for many years to come. John Gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works. In this practical, instructive handbook, based on the courses and seminars that he gave, he explains, simply and cogently, the principles and techniques of good writing. Gardner’s lessons, exemplified with detailed excerpts from classic works of literature, sweep across a complete range of topics—from the nature of aesthetics to the shape of a refined sentence. Written with passion, precision, and a deep respect for the art of writing, Gardner’s book serves by turns as a critic, mentor, and friend. Anyone who has ever thought of taking the step from reader to writer should begin here.

Book The Art of Fiction

Download or read book The Art of Fiction written by David Lodge and published by Random House. This book was released on 2012-04-30 with total page 255 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this entertaining and enlightening collection David Lodge considers the art of fiction under a wide range of headings, drawing on writers as diverse as Henry James, Martin Amis, Jane Austen and James Joyce. Looking at ideas such as the Intrusive Author, Suspense, the Epistolary Novel, Magic Realism and Symbolism, and illustrating each topic with a passage taken from a classic or modern novel, David Lodge makes the richness and variety of British and American fiction accessible to the general reader. He provides essential reading for students, aspiring writers and anyone who wants to understand how fiction works.

Book The Art of Fiction

    Book Details:
  • Author : Kevin Prufer
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2021-02-15
  • ISBN : 9781945588723
  • Pages : 132 pages

Download or read book The Art of Fiction written by Kevin Prufer and published by . This book was released on 2021-02-15 with total page 132 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Book The Art of Fiction

Download or read book The Art of Fiction written by Walter Besant and published by . This book was released on 1885 with total page 106 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Book The Art of Writing Fiction

Download or read book The Art of Writing Fiction written by Andrew Cowan and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-11-19 with total page 240 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Art of Writing Fiction guides the reader through the processes of creative writing from journal-keeping to editing, offering techniques for stimulating creativity and making language vivid. Readers will master key aspects of fiction such as structure, character, voice and setting. Andrew Cowan provides an insightful introduction that brings his own well-crafted prose style to bear on the processes and pleasures of writing fiction, offering practical and personal advice culled from his own experience and that of other published writers. He lays open to the reader his own notes, his writing, and the experiences from his own life that he has drawn on in his fiction allowing the reader to develop their own writing project alongside the author as they go through the book.

Book Why We Write

Download or read book Why We Write written by Meredith Maran and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2013-01-29 with total page 253 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Twenty of America's bestselling authors share tricks, tips, and secrets of the successful writing life. Anyone who's ever sat down to write a novel or even a story knows how exhilarating and heartbreaking writing can be. So what makes writers stick with it? In Why We Write, twenty well-known authors candidly share what keeps them going and what they love most—and least—about their vocation. Contributing authors include: Isabel Allende David Baldacci Jennifer Egan James Frey Sue Grafton Sara Gruen Kathryn Harrison Gish Jen Sebastian Junger Mary Karr Michael Lewis Armistead Maupin Terry McMillan Rick Moody Walter Mosley Susan Orlean Ann Patchett Jodi Picoult Jane Smiley Meg Wolitzer

Book The Art of Fiction

Download or read book The Art of Fiction written by Ayn Rand and published by National Geographic Books. This book was released on 2000-01-01 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In 1958, Ayn Rand, already the world-famous author of such bestselling books as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, gave a private series of extemporaneous lectures in her own living room on the art of fiction. Tore Boeckmann and Leonard Peikoff for the first time now bring readers the edited transcript of these exciting personal statements. The Art of Fiction offers invaluable lessons, in which Rand analyzes the four essential elements of fiction: theme, plot, characterization, and style. She demonstrates her ideas by dissecting her best-known works, as well as those of other famous authors, such as Thomas Wolfe, Sinclair Lewis, and Victor Hugo. An historic accomplishment, this compendium will be a unique and fascinating resource for both writers and readers of fiction.

Book The Art of Subtext

Download or read book The Art of Subtext written by Charles Baxter and published by Graywolf Press. This book was released on 2013-07-16 with total page 120 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Charles Baxter inaugurates The Art of, a new series on the craft of writing, with the wit and intelligence he brought to his celebrated book Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction. Fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxter's The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot discusses and illustrates the hidden subtextual overtones and undertones in fictional works haunted by the unspoken, the suppressed, and the secreted. Using an array of examples from Melville and Dostoyevsky to contemporary writers Paula Fox, Edward P. Jones, and Lorrie Moore, Baxter explains how fiction writers create those visible and invisible details, how what is displayed evokes what is not displayed. The Art of Subtext is part of The Art of series, a new line of books by important authors on the craft of writing, edited by Charles Baxter. Each book examines a singular, but often assumed or neglected, issue facing the contemporary writer of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. The Art of series means to restore the art of criticism while illuminating the art of writing.

Book The Art and Craft of Fiction

Download or read book The Art and Craft of Fiction written by Michael Kardos and published by Macmillan Higher Education. This book was released on 2016-09-30 with total page 416 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Brief, practical, and affordable, The Art and Craft of Fiction gives aspiring writers all they need, in a friendly voice that students love. Michael Kardos focuses on technique and presents fiction writing as a teachable (and learnable) art. With an organization built on methods and process rather than traditional literary elements, Kardos helps students begin their stories, write strong scenes, use images and research detail, revise for aesthetics and mechanics, and finish and polish their own stories. Instructors trust The Art and Craft of Fiction to help structure their course, and reinforce and complement their teaching points with examples and exercises. A brief fiction anthology at the back of the book includes 15 selections that instructors praise for their usefulness in the creative writing classroom.

Book A Manual of the Art of Fiction

Download or read book A Manual of the Art of Fiction written by Clayton Meeker Hamilton and published by Good Press. This book was released on 2019-12-04 with total page 228 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'A Manual of the Art of Fiction' by Clayton Meeker Hamilton is a comprehensive guide to writing fiction. From Realism to Romance, the author draws examples from Poe, Hawthorne, and Robert Louis Stevenson to offer a step-by-step course through essential topics like plot, characters, setting, and point of view. Amongst other topics that it touches upon, the book explores the purpose of fiction and the nature of narrative, the difference between the epic, drama, and novel, and how to structure a short story. Hamilton's guide also covers the importance of style in fiction, including memorable words and the patterning of syllables. A must-read for aspiring writers and fans of fiction alike.

Book The Art of Time in Fiction

Download or read book The Art of Time in Fiction written by Joan Silber and published by Graywolf Press. This book was released on 2009-06-23 with total page 120 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Fiction imagines for us a stopping point from which life can be seen as intelligible," asserts Joan Silber in The Art of Time in Fiction. The end point of a story determines its meaning, and one of the main tasks a writer faces is to define the duration of a plot. Silber uses wide-ranging examples from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chinua Achebe, and Arundhati Roy, among others, to illustrate five key ways in which time unfolds in fiction. In clear-eyed prose, Silber elucidates a tricky but vital aspect of the art of fiction.

Book The Art of History

Download or read book The Art of History written by Christopher Bram and published by Graywolf Press. This book was released on 2016-07-05 with total page 175 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: One has to look no further than the audiences hungry for the narratives served up by Downton Abbey or Wolf Hall to know that the lure of the past is as seductive as ever. But incorporating historical events and figures into a shapely narrative is no simple task. The acclaimed novelist Christopher Bram examines how writers as disparate as Gabriel García Márquez, David McCullough, Toni Morrison, Leo Tolstoy, and many others have employed history in their work. Unique among the "Art Of" series, The Art of History engages with both fiction and narrative nonfiction to reveal varied strategies of incorporating and dramatizing historical detail. Bram challenges popular notions about historical narratives as he examines both successful and flawed passages to illustrate how authors from different genres treat subjects that loom large in American history, such as slavery and the Civil War. And he delves deep into the reasons why War and Peace endures as a classic of historical fiction. Bram's keen insight and close reading of a wide array of authors make The Art of History an essential volume for any lover of historical narrative.

Book The Art of Criticism

Download or read book The Art of Criticism written by Henry James and published by University of Chicago Press. This book was released on 1986-06-15 with total page 524 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A collection of "the most important" of Henry James' Prefaces; "his studies of Hawthorne, George Eliot, Balzac, Zola, de Maupassant, Turgenev, Sainte-Beuve, and Arnold; and his essays on the function of criticism and the future of the novel."--P. [4] of cover.

Book The Art of Fiction

Download or read book The Art of Fiction written by James Salter and published by University of Virginia Press. This book was released on 2016-04-11 with total page 73 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: James Salter’s exalted place in American letters is based largely on the intense admiration of other writers, but his work resonates far beyond the realm of fellow craftsmen, addressing themes--youth, war, erotic love, marriage, life abroad, friendship--that speak to us all. Following the publication of his first novel, Salter left behind a military career of great promise to write full-time and--through decades of searching, exacting work--became one of American literature’s master stylists. Only months before he died, at the age of eighty-nine, he agreed to serve as the first Kapnick Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia, where he composed and delivered the three lectures presented in this book and introduced by his friend and fellow novelist, National Book Award-winning author John Casey. Salter speaks to us here with an easy intimacy, sharing his unceasing enchantment with the books that made up his reading life, including works by Balzac, Flaubert, Babel (whose prose is "like a handful of radium"), Dreiser, Céline, Faulkner. These talks provide an invaluable opportunity to see the way in which a great writer reads. They also offer a candid look at the writing life--the rejection letters, not one but two negative reviews in the New York Times for the same book, writing in the morning or at night and worrying about money during the long afternoons. Salter raises the question, Why does one write? For wealth? For admiration, or a sense of "importance"? Confronting a blank sheet that always offers too many choices, practicing a vocation that often demands one write instead of live, the answer for Salter was creating a style that captured experience, in a world where anything not written down fades away. Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Lectures

Book The Art of Fielding

    Book Details:
  • Author : Chad Harbach
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release : 2011-09-07
  • ISBN : 0316192163
  • Pages : 528 pages

Download or read book The Art of Fielding written by Chad Harbach and published by Little, Brown. This book was released on 2011-09-07 with total page 528 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended. Henry's fight against self-doubt threatens to ruin his future. College president Guert Affenlight, a longtime bachelor, has fallen unexpectedly and helplessly in love. Owen Dunne, Henry's gay roommate and teammate, becomes caught up in a dangerous affair. Mike Schwartz, the Harpooners' team captain and Henry's best friend, realizes he has guided Henry's career at the expense of his own. And Pella Affenlight, Guert's daughter, returns to Westish after escaping an ill-fated marriage, determined to start a new life. As the season counts down to its climactic final game, these five are forced to confront their deepest hopes, anxieties, and secrets. In the process they forge new bonds, and help one another find their true paths. Written with boundless intelligence and filled with the tenderness of youth, The Art of Fielding is an expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others.

Book The Sunlight Dialogues

    Book Details:
  • Author : John Gardner
  • Publisher : New Directions Publishing
  • Release : 2006
  • ISBN : 9780811216708
  • Pages : 722 pages

Download or read book The Sunlight Dialogues written by John Gardner and published by New Directions Publishing. This book was released on 2006 with total page 722 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Vivid, compassionate, and often disturbing, this expansive novel is John Gardner's masterpiece.

Book The Art of Creating Fiction

Download or read book The Art of Creating Fiction written by Zulfikar Ghose and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-07-27 with total page 170 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Anyone wishing to write short stories and novels will learn from The Art of Creating Fiction how some eminent writers, such as William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf, created their art. By giving the new writer an understanding of fiction as it has been produced by the great novelists, The Art of Creating Fiction serves a double purpose: it is an implicit manual on how to write fiction and at the same time a work that provokes, challenges and inspires the new writer to cultivate an ambition for greatness.