The Writing of Fiction

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Simon and Schuster, 1925 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 125 pages
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A rare work of nonfiction from Edith Wharton, The Writing of Fiction contains brilliant advice on writing from the first woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize -- for her first novel The Age of Innocence.
In The Writing of Fiction, Wharton provides general comments on the roots of modern fiction, the various approaches to writing a piece of fiction, and the development of form and style. She also devotes entire chapters to the telling of a short story, the construction of a novel, and the importance of character and situation in the novel.
Not only a valuable treatise on the art of writing, The Writing of Fiction also allows readers to experience the inimitable but seldom heard voice of one of America's most important and beloved writers, and includes a final chapter on the pros and cons of Marcel Proust.

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User Review  - Katrina - Goodreads

If you skip the first chapter, or can push through its stilted, intentionally incomprehensible language, several of the essays in this collection hold glimmers of helpful advice on the subjects of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tim Weed - Goodreads

Having been on a Wharton kick recently, I've become an enthusiastic advocate for her novels. She was somewhat eclipsed at the end of her career by Hemingway and Joyce and Woolf and other revolutionary ... Read full review

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Edith Wharton was born in 1862 into one of New York's older and richer families, and was educated here and abroad. Her works include The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth, and Roman Fever and Other Stories. As a keen observer and chronicler of society, she is without peer. Edith Wharton died in France in 1937.

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