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The writing life : writers on how they think and work : a collection from the Washington post book world

Author: Marie Arana, (Writer)
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Presents reprints of articles by over fifty professional authors in which they discuss aspects of their lives as writers, drawn from throughout ten years of the "Writing Life" column of the "Washington Post."
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Writing life.
New York : Public Affairs, ©2003
(OCoLC)648812569
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marie Arana, (Writer)
ISBN: 1586481495 9781586481490
OCLC Number: 50774543
Description: xviii, 404 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part I. On becoming a writer : The seduction of the text / Francine Du Plessix Gray --
The importance of childhood / Joyce Carol Oates --
Looking for the spark / Joanna Trollope --
How to identify and nurture young writers / James Michener --
Touched by an angel / Mary Higgins Clark --
The leap from necessity to invention / John Keegan --
A real-life education / Susan Minot --
Emerging from under your rejection slips / Muriel Spark --
Being a product of your dwelling place / Nadine Gordimer --
Doing it for love / Erica Jong --
Part II. Raw material : Too happy for words / Alice McDermott --
Using my father's story / Craig Nova --
Between origins and art / George P. Pelecanos --
The writer as outlaw / Jayne Anne Phillips --
From memory to the imagination / Ntozake Shange --
Can Whites write about Blacks? / Scott Turow --
In praise of silence / John Edgar Wideman --
Bicultural, adrift, and wandering / Anita Desai --
On finding a Latino voice / Julia Alvarez --
Living in Irish, writing in English / John Banville --
Part III. Hunkering down : Holidays at the Keyboard Inn / Wendy Wasserstein --
The passionate researcher / Patricia Cornwell --
From packrat to historian / Stanley Karnow --
Climbing into another head / David McCullough --
Hunter of metaphors / Ray Bradbury --
Following the script / Edmund Morris --
Headbirths : bookish midwifery / Michael Korda --
Guided by voices : the work of a ghostwriter / David Chanoff --
Part IV. Old bottle, new wine : From will-of-the-wisp to full-blown novel / E.L. Doctorow --
Reincarnation, translation and adventure / Umberto Eco --
Master of my universe / Stanley Elkin --
Sounds and sensibilities / Ned Rorem --
Writer with scalpel / Richard Selzer --
A chronicle of the plague years / Reynolds Price --
On being a novice playwright / Cynthia Ozick --
Acting out, letting go / Gloria Naylor --
Pen names galore / Donald E. Westlake --
Summer lite / Barbara Mertz --
Part V. Facing the facts : History is their beat : the new journalist historians / David Halberstam --
A novel approach to reality : basing a story in facts / Dominick Dunne --
Making the truth believable / Tracy Kidder --
Describing the world as it is, not as it would be / Carl Sagan --
The political memoir : taking note of history / George P. Shultz --
President in search of a publisher / Jimmy Carter --
Biographer, get a life / Stacy Schiff --
From the clinic / Kay Redfield Jamison --
Notes from the road / Jonathan Raban --
Natural selections / E.O. Wilson --
Speaking up for the environment / Bill McKibben --
Part VI. Looking back : The trouble with finishing / Frances FitzGerald --
The hardest critics / Carol Shields --
Literary executions / Julian Barnes --
Taking it all back / Jane Smiley --
Writer, be afraid / Michael Chabon --
In search of the next idea / Ward Just.
Other Titles: Washington post (Washington, D.C. : 1974)
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Marie Arana.
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