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Draft no. 4 : on the writing process

Author: John McPhee
Publisher: Melbourne : Text, 2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer's craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John McPhee
ISBN: 9781925603651 1925603652
OCLC Number: 1063588724
Awards: Winner of Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, National Book Critics Circle 2017 (United States)
Description: 1 volume
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: John McPhee.

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Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer's craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny. In one essay, he considers the delicate art of getting sources to tell you what they might not otherwise reveal. In another, he discusses how to use flashback to place a bear encounter in a travel narrative, while observing that "readers are not supposed to notice the structure. It is meant to be about as visible as someone's bones." The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from reporting to drafting to revising--and revising, and revising. Draught No. 4 is enriched by multiple diagrams and by personal anecdotes and charming reflections on the life of a writer. McPhee describes his enduring relationships with The New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and recalls his early years at Time magazine. Throughout, Draught No. 4 is enlivened by his keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world.

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