The Writing of Fiction

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Simon and Schuster, 1925 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 125 pages
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A rare work of nonfiction from Edith Wharton, The Writing of Fiction contains brilliant advice on writing from the first woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize -- for her first novel The Age of Innocence.
In The Writing of Fiction, Wharton provides general comments on the roots of modern fiction, the various approaches to writing a piece of fiction, and the development of form and style. She also devotes entire chapters to the telling of a short story, the construction of a novel, and the importance of character and situation in the novel.
Not only a valuable treatise on the art of writing, The Writing of Fiction also allows readers to experience the inimitable but seldom heard voice of one of America's most important and beloved writers, and includes a final chapter on the pros and cons of Marcel Proust.
  

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User Review  - JL Kruse - Goodreads

"...the seemingly simplest sauces are those that have been most cunningly combined and then most completely blent, the simplest-looking dresses those that require most study to design." - Edith ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marcus Speh - Goodreads

Like the writing books of other great novelists and writers John Gardner, EM Forster, Margaret Atwood... this book captures the imagination and not just the mind of any writer. Also don't miss Roxane Gay's review in HTMLgiant. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
27
Section 3
47
Section 4
89
Section 5
107
Section 6
130
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Edith Wharton was born in 1862 into one of New York's older and richer families, and was educated here and abroad. Her works include The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth, and Roman Fever and Other Stories. As a keen observer and chronicler of society, she is without peer. Edith Wharton died in France in 1937.

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