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Writers on writing : collected essays from The New York times ; introduction by John Darnton.

Publisher: New York : Times Books, 2001-<2003>
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Writers on writing brings together more than forty of contemporary literature's finest voices. Drawn from the New York Times column of the same name, it features essays by an extraordinary group of prizewinning and bestselling contributors. The pieces range from reflections on the daily craft of writing to the intersection of art's and life's consequential moments. Authors discuss what impels them to write: creating  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
ISBN: 0805067418 9780805067415 0805073612 9780805073614
OCLC Number: 45320561
Notes: Vol. 2 has subtitle: More collected essays from The New York times.
Description: v. <1-2> ; 21 cm.
Contents: Poems Foster Self-Discovery / Diane Ackerman 1 --
A Path Taken, with All the Certainty of Youth / Margaret Atwood 9 --
Essentials Get Lost in the Shuffle of Publicity / Ann Beattie 13 --
Timeless Tact Helps Sustain a Literary Time Traveler / Geraldine Brooks 19 --
Yes, There Are Second Acts (Literary Ones) in American Lives / Alan Cheuse 25 --
Footprints of Greatness on Your Turf / Frank Conroy 31 --
New Insights into the Novel? Try Reading Three Hundred / Chitra Divakaruni 37 --
Returning to Proust's World Stirs Remembrance / Leslie Epstein 43 --
Forget Ideas, Mr. Author. What Kind of Pen Do You Use? / Stephen Fry 49 --
In Paris and Moscow, a Novelist Finds His Time and Place / Alan Furst 55 --
Recognizing the Book That Needs to Be Written / Dorothy Gallagher 61 --
How to Insult a Writer / Herbert Gold 67 --
Calming the Inner Critic and Getting to Work / Allegra Goodman 71 --
A Narrator Leaps Past Journalism / Vivian Gornick 77 --
They Leap from Your Brain Then Take Over Your Heart / Andrew Greeley 83 --
When Inspiration Stared Stoically from an Old Photograph / Kathryn Harrison 89 --
A Career Despite Dad's Advice / Michael Holroyd 93 --
Seeing the Unimaginable Freezes the Imagination / A.M. Homes 99 --
Hemingway's Blessing, Copland's Collaboration / A.E. Hotchner 105 --
Returning to the Character Who Started It All / Susan Isaacs 111 --
Negotiating the Darkness, Fortified by Poets' Strength / Mary Karr 117 --
Hometown Boy Makes Waves / William Kennedy 125 --
As Her Son Creates His Story, a Mother Waits for the Ending / Beth Kephart 133 --
The Glory of a First Book / Brad Leithauser 137 --
Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle / Elmore Leonard 143 --
A Famous Author Says: "Swell Book! Loved It!" / Elinor Lipman 147 --
Hearing the Notes That Aren't Played / David Mamet 153 --
Heroism in Trying Times / Patrick McGrath 157 --
Shattering the Silence, Illuminating the Hatred / Arthur Miller 163 --
Overcome by Intensity, Redeemed by Effort / Honor Moore 169 --
A Novelist's Life Is Altered by Her Alter Ego / Marcia Muller 175 --
Computers Invite a Tangled Web of Complications / P.J. O'Rourke 181 --
Saluting All the King's Mentors / Jay Parini 187 --
Why Not Put Off Till Tomorrow the Novel You Could Begin Today? / Ann Patchett 191 --
The Eye of the Reporter, the Heart of the Novelist / Anna Quindlen 195 --
A Retreat from the World Can Be a Perilous Journey / Jonathan Rosen 201 --
After Six Novels in Twelve Years, a Character Just Moves On / James Sallis 207 --
Fiction and Fact Collide, with Unexpected Consequences / John Sedgwick 213 --
Confession Begets Connection / David Shields 219 --
A Storyteller Finds Comfort in a Cloak of Anonymity / Susan Richards Shreve 225 --
Autumnal Accounting Endangers Happiness / Richard Stern 231 --
Family Ghosts Hoard Secrets That Bewitch the Living / Amy Tan 237 --
A Bedeviling Question in the Cadence of English / Shashi Tharoor 245 --
Still Replying to Grandma's Persistent "And Then?" / Frederic Tuten 251 --
A Pseudonym Returns from an Alter-Ego Trip, with New Tales to Tell / Donald E. Westlake 257 --
Before a Rendezvous with the Muse, First Select the Music / Edmund White 261.
Other Titles: New York times.
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Writers on writing brings together more than forty of contemporary literature's finest voices. Drawn from the New York Times column of the same name, it features essays by an extraordinary group of prizewinning and bestselling contributors. The pieces range from reflections on the daily craft of writing to the intersection of art's and life's consequential moments. Authors discuss what impels them to write: creating a sense of control in a turbulent universe; bearing witness to events that would otherwise be lost in history or within the writer's soul; recapturing a fragment of time. Others praise mentors and lessons, whether from the classroom, daily circumstances, or the pages of a favorite writer. For anyone interested in the art and rewards of writing, Writers on writing offers an uncommon and revealing view of a writer's world. Contributors include Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, E.L. Doctorow, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, Carl Hiaasen, Jamaica Kincaid, Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Miller, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Marge Piercy, Annie Proulx, Carol Shields, Jane Smiley, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., and Elie Wiesel.

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