Why Write?: A Master Class on the Art of Writing and Why it Matters

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 30, 2016 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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From one of America's great professors, author of Why Teach? and Why Read?--an inspiring study of the importance of writing well, for creators, educators, students, and anyone who writes.

Why write?

Why write when it sometimes feels that so few people really read--read as if their lives might be changed by what they're reading? Why write, when the world wants to be informed, not enlightened; to be entertained, not inspired? Writing is backbreaking, mind-breaking, lonely work. So why?

Because writing, as celebrated professor Mark Edmundson explains, is one of the greatest human goods. Real writing can do what critic R. P. Blackmur said it could: add to the stock of available reality. Writing teaches us to think; it can bring our minds to birth. And once we're at home with words, there are few more pleasurable human activities than writing. Because this is something he believes everyone ought to know, Edmundson offers us Why Write?, essential reading--both practical and inspiring--for anyone who yearns to be a writer, anyone who simply needs to know how to get an idea across, and anyone in between--in short, everyone.

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User Review  - AlisonY - LibraryThing

I picked this up on a whim in the library, and hoped it might be more of a master class on the actual art of writing, but it is as it says on the tin - a series of essays on the reasons for writing ... Read full review

Why Write? A Master Class on the Art of Writing and Why it Matters

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The wisdom of dedicating one's career to professional writing is often questioned, and Edmundson (English, Univ. of Virginia; Why Read?) intends to dissuade such arguments quickly with his latest work ... Read full review

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Why Write?
To Do It Every
To Get the Girl To Get the
To Get Even
To Grow
To Drink
To Learn to Be Alone
To Hold Your Peace
To Stay Sane

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Mark Edmundson teaches at the University of Virginia, where he is university professor. A prizewinning scholar, he is also the author of Why Teach?, Why Read?, Teacher, The Death of Sigmund Freud, and The Fine Wisdom and Perfect Teachings of the Kings of Rock and Roll. His writing has appeared in such publications as the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Nation, the American Scholar, Raritan, and Harper's. He lives in Batesville, Virginia.

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