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Odd type writers : from Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the obsessive habits and quirky techniques of great authors

Author: Celia Blue Johnson
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Every great writer has a unique way of setting a story to paper. And, it turns out, many of these writers used methods that were just as inventive as the works they produced. Odd Type Writers explores the quirky writing habits of renowned authors, including Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, and Alexandre Dumas, among many others. * To meet his deadline for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo placed himself  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Celia Blue Johnson
ISBN: 9780399159947 0399159940
OCLC Number: 796756208
Notes: "A Perigee book."
Description: xx, 198 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Rotten ideas : Friedrich Schiller --
The nightlife --
By the cup : Honoré de Balzac --
Drinks with inks --
Feeling blue : Alexandre Dumas, père --
The numbers game --
House arrest : Victor Hugo --
Taking it in stride --
A mysterious tail : Edgar Allan Poe --
Scrolling --
The traveling desk : Charles Dickens --
Quilled muses --
Paper topography : Edith Wharton --
Bright-eyed --
The cork shield : Marcel Proust --
Flea circus : Colette --
Paws between the pages --
Traffic jamming : Gertrude Stein --
On the move --
Tunneling by the thousands : Jack London --
In the shadow of the masters --
A writer's easel : Virginia Woolf --
Board writing --
The full spectrum --
Crayon, scissors, and paste : James Joyce --
Cigarettes, twins, and the Evil Eye --
Leafing through the pages : D.H. Lawrence --
When in doubt --
Puzzling assembly : Vladimir Nabokov --
Bath time --
Outstanding prose : Ernest Hemingway --
Sound writing : John Steinbeck --
Speak up --
Pin it down : Eudora Welty --
Point of view --
Don't get up : Truman Capote --
Off the recorder --
Early to write : Flannery O'Connor --
Sweet teeth.
Responsibility: Celia Blue Johnson.

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"Every great writer has a unique way of setting a story to paper. And, it turns out, many of these writers used methods that were just as inventive as the works they produced. Odd Type Writers explores the quirky writing habits of renowned authors, including Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, and Alexandre Dumas, among many others. * To meet his deadline for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo placed himself under strict house arrest, locking up all of his clothes and wearing nothing but a large gray shawl until he finished the book. * Virginia Woolf used purple ink for love letters, diary entries, and to pen her acclaimed novel Mrs. Dalloway. Also, in her twenties, she preferred to write while standing up. * Friedrich Schiller kept a drawer full of rotten apples in his study. According to his wife, he couldn't work without that pungent odor wafting into his nose. * Eudora Welty evaluated her work with scissors handy. If anything needed to be moved, she cut it right out of the page. Then she'd use pins to put the section in its new place. In Odd Type Writers, you'll find out why James Joyce wrote in crayon, what Edgar Allan Poe's cat was doing on his shoulder, why Vladimir Nabokov had to keep his feet wet, and the other peculiar tools and eccentric methods used to compose some of the greatest works of all time"--

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