The Writer's Voice

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A&C Black, 2006 - Authorship - 128 pages
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What makes good writing good? In his book, Al Alvarez argues that it is the development of the voice - voice as distinct from style - that makes a writer great. A poet as well as a critic, Alvarez approaches his subject both as an informed observer and an insider.
 

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This is very good little book about writing and literature. It probes into how a writer obtains his authentic voice. Alvarez demonstrates the importance of being able to listen and presents different ... Read full review

The writer's voice

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Alvarez (The Savage God: A Study of Suicide ) has written a classic study of the authorial voice, of what "hooks" the reader on a given writer. Taking examples from a wide range of literature, from ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
Chapter 1 FINDING A VOICE
13
Chapter 2 LISTENING
46
Chapter 3 THE CULT OF PERSONALITY AND THE MYTH OF THE ARTIST
76
Acknowledgments
122
Notes
123
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Al Alvarez is a poet, novelist, literary critic, anthologist, and author of many highly praised non-fiction books on topics ranging from suicide, divorce, and dreams -

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