Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

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Union Books, 2012 - Authors - 273 pages
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Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose.

In "Reading Like a Writer," Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's "Middlemarch." She looks to John Le Carre for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted.

Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, "Reading Like a Writer" will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.

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Very useful, whether you want to be a writer or not. - Goodreads
Still, Prose brings up several excellent points. - Goodreads
Made for a reader, but strong enough for a writer! - Goodreads
Wow. Read for: Creative Writing workshop - Goodreads
It's definitely one of the better writing... - Goodreads
It affects the pacing of what you write. - Goodreads

Review: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

User Review  - Franky - Goodreads

I mainly picked this book to get a preview into the world of writing. It always amazes me hearing how an author works through this process. Hearing about how authors create, taking an idea and molding ... Read full review

Review: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

User Review  - Lewis Weinstein - Goodreads

Reading Like a Writer has certainly made me a better reader, and perhaps a better writer. I was worried that "reading like a writer" would make reading more of a chore and less enjoyable. Not so. For ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Born in Brooklyn, Francine Prose has published fourteen novels. The Washington Post has called her work a "sheer delight.

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