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How fiction works

Author: James Wood
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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What makes a story a story? What is style? What's the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widely--from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings--Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Wood
ISBN: 9780374173401 0374173400
OCLC Number: 213765645
Description: xvi, 265 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Narrating --
Flaubert and modern narrative --
Flaubert and the rise of the flaneur --
Detail --
Character --
A brief history of consciousness --
Sympathy and complexity --
Language --
Dialogue --
Truth, convention, realism.
Responsibility: James Wood.
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What makes a story a story? What is style? What's the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widely--from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings--Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step.--From publisher description.

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