13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 608 pages
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An essential guide for writers and readers alike, here is Smiley’s great celebration of the novel. As she embarks on an exhilarating tour through one hundred titles—from classics such as the thousand-year-old Tale of Genji to recent fiction by Zadie Smith and Alice Munro—she explores the power of the form, looking at its history and variety, its cultural impact, and just how it works its magic. She invites us behind the scenes of novel-writing, sharing her own habits and spilling the secrets of her craft, and offering priceless advice to aspiring authors. Every page infects us anew with the passion for reading that is the governing spirit of this gift to book lovers everywhere. 

 

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In her introduction, novelist Smiley (A Thousand Acres ) describes feeling "diminished inventiveness as well as diminished pleasure" in her attempts at writing. Her solution: stop trying to write and ... Read full review

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This is a filet mignon of a book: meaty, delicious, and satisfying. I've enjoyed most of Smiley's fiction (except "Greenlanders" - WTF?), and this non-fiction work shows me exactly why that is. She ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
What Is a Novel?
14
Who Is a Novelist?
29
Ivan Turgenev Fathers and Sons
36
George Eliot 1idalennm1
42
The Origins of the Novel
56
The Psychology of the Novel
83
I
91
Samuel RichardsonPamela or Virtue Rewarded
314
Choderlos de Laclos Les Liaisons dangereuses
332
The Bride of Lammermoor
339
Stendhal The Red and the Black
349
Nathaniel Hawthorne The House of the SBLTII Gables
379
4+ Oscar Wilde The Pivture of Dorian Gray
416
Hermann Broch The Sleepualerr
455
Yukio Mishima The Sailor Who Fell fiom Grace with the
512

Morality and the Novel
105
UJQIUUoUu N N N N E
142
A Novel of Your Own I
204
A Case History
250
Reading a Hundred Novels
270
David Lodge How Far Can You
525
Iamaica KincaidAnnieohn
537
index
571
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Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, Golden Age, the concluding volume of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

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