The Writer's Voice

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 12, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 288 pages
What makes good writing good? In his brilliant new 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, Al Alvarez approaches his subject both as an informed observer and an insider. Here are - among others - Sylvia Plath, John Donne, Jean Rhys, Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot, Coleridge and W. B. Yeats, dissected with clarity, depth and a profound understanding of the mechanics of writing. Like the best literary criticism, The Writer's Voice makes writing come vividly alive. Written with passion and insight, it is the ideal gift for anyone who loves to read.

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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

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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

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About the author (2013)

Al Alvarez was a poet, novelist, literary critic, anthologist, and author of many highly praised non-fiction books on topics ranging from suicide, divorce, and dreams - The Savage God, Life After Marriage, Night - to poker, North Sea oil, and mountaineering - The Biggest Game in Town, Offshore, Feeding the Rat. His most recent books are New and Selected Poems and an autobiography, Where Did It All Go Right? He died in 2019.

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