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Writers on writing : collected essays from The New York times

Author: John Darnton
Publisher: New York : Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Collects inspirational essays celebrating the art of writing, including contributions from Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, and E.L. Doctorow.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Darnton
ISBN: 0805070850 9780805070859 0805067418 9780805067415
OCLC Number: 50474113
Description: xiv, 268 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: A literary pilgrim progresses to the past / by André Aciman --
A novelist's vivid memory spins fiction of its own / by Russell Banks --
To engage the world more fully, follow a dog / by Rick Bass --
Hidden within technology's empire, a republic of letters / by Saul Bellow --
Pupils glimpse an idea, teacher gets a gold star / by Anne Bernays --
Characters' weaknesses build fiction's strengths / by Rosellen Brown --
How can you create fiction when reality comes to call? / by Carolyn Chute --
From echoes emerge original voices / by Nicholas Delbanco --
Quick cuts : the novel follows film into a world of fewer words / by E.L. Doctorow --
Two languages in mind, but just one in the heart / by Louise Erdrich --
Instant novels? In your dreams! / by Thomas Fleming --
Goofing off while the muse recharges / by Richard Ford --
A novelist breaches the border to nonfiction / by Gail Godwin --
Putting pen to paper, but not just any pen or just any paper / by Mary Gordon --
To see your story clearly, start by pulling the wool over your own eyes / by Kent Haruf --
Real life, that bizarre and brazen plagiarist / by Carl Hiaasen --
Sustained by fiction while facing life's facts / by Alice Hoffman --
The enduring commitment of a faithful storyteller / by Maureen Howard --
Inventing life steals time, living life begs it back / by Gish Jen --
Pesky themes will emerge when you're not looking / by Diane Johnson --
Sitting down a novelist, getting up a playwright / by Ward Just --
Those words that echo...echo...echo through life / by Jamaica Kincaid --
A forbidden territory familiar to all / by Barbara Kingsolver --
Summoning the mystery and tragedy, but in a subterranean way / by Hans Koning --
Comforting lessons in arranging life's details / by David Leavitt --
The humble genre novel, sometimes full of genius / by David Mamet --
She was blond, she was in trouble, and she paid 3 cents a word / by Ed McBain --
Virtual reality : the perils of seeking a novelist's facts in her fiction / by Sue Miller --
For authors, fragile ideas need loving every day / by Walter Mosley --
To invigorate literary mind, start moving literary feet / by Joyce Carol Oates --
A storyteller stands where justice confronts basic human needs / by Sara Paretsky --
Life of prose and poetry : an inspiring combination / by Marge Piercy --
Inspiration? Head down the back road, and stop for the yard sales / by Annie Proulx --
If you invent the story, you're the first to see how it ends / by Roxana Robinson --
Once upon a time, literature. Now what? / by James Salter --
Starting with a tree and finally getting to the death of a brother / by William Saroyan --
Opting for invention over the injury of invasion / by Carol Shields --
A reluctant muse embraces his task, and everything changes / by Jane Smiley --
Directions: Write, read, rewrite. Repeat steps 2 and 3 as needed / by Susan Sontag --
An odyssey that started with Ulysses / by Scott Turow --
Questions of character : there's no ego as wounded as a wounded alter ego / by John Updike (as Henry Bech) --
Despite tough guys, life is not the only school for real novelists / by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. --
Metta to Muriel and other marvels : a poet's experience of meditation / by Alice Walker --
In the Castle of Indolence you can hear the sound of your own mind / by Paul West --
A sacred magic can elevate the secular storyteller / by Elie Wiesel --
Embarking together on solitary journeys / by Hilma Wolitzer.
Other Titles: Collected essays from The New York times
New York times.
Responsibility: introduction by John Darnton.

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Collects inspirational essays celebrating the art of writing, including contributions from Russell Banks, Saul Bellow, and E.L. Doctorow.

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