The art of subtext: beyond plot

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Graywolf Press, Sep 3, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 179 pages
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The Art Of series is a new series of brief books by contemporary writers on important craft issues. Each book investigates an element of the craft of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry by discussing works by authors past and present. The books in the Art Of series are not strictly manuals, but serve readers and writers by illuminating aspects of the craft of writing that people think they already know but donít really know.†Fiction writer and essayist Charles Baxterís The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot discusses and illustrates the hidden subtextual overtones and undertones in fictional works haunted by the unspoken, the suppressed, and the secreted. Using an array of examples from Melville and Dostoyevsky to contemporary writers Paula Fox, Edward P. Jones, and Lorrie Moore, Baxter explains how fiction writers create those visible and invisible details, how what is displayed evokes what is not displayed.

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Good background info about subtext in writing. - Goodreads
Young writers tend to hate the whole idea of plot. - Goodreads
Another book I will refer to often for my own writing. - Goodreads
He's an extremely talented writer. - Goodreads
This is an instructive book for the serious writer. - Goodreads
So far above and beyond the generic writing guides. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jaye Viner - Goodreads

An excellent collection of essays for any writer looking to further explore the depths of their craft. Read full review

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User Review  - Martina - Goodreads

This little book reminds us of many importantly things about fiction that are forgotten much too often. Accessible and wise. Read full review


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CHARLES BAXTER is the author of ten books, including The Feast of Love, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction. He teaches at the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis.

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