Points of Departure: An Anthology of Nonfiction

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James Moffett
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 498 pages
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This richly diverse collection presents the apprentice writer with an overview of the entire range of prose craftsmanship. Chosen to illustrate the various prose techniques that define non-fiction writing, this entertaining sampler includes letters of Jane Austen, the satire of Jonathan Swift, biography by Virginia Woolf, "New Yorker" reportage, a George Orwell essay, and history by Arnold Toynbee. From simple chronicles to theoretical essays, these pieces reveal the continuous process by which authors transform their experience into prose - and the choices they make in pursuing the craft of writing. As editor James Moffett writes, this unique anthology is intended for "that inner author in everyone who is constantly fashioning knowledge from experience and who at any moment can go to paper."

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James Moffett is the author of Teaching the Universe of Discourse, Coming on Center: Essays in English Education (Boynton/Cook), Storm in the Mountains: A Case Study of Censorship, Conflict, and Consciousness, and senior editor with Betty Jane Wagner of Student-centered Language Arts, K-12 (Boynton/Cook). He is the editor of Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories (with Kenneth McElheny), Points of Departure: An Anthology of Nonfiction, and co-editor of Active Voices: A Writer's Reader, I-IV (Boynton/Cook). The recipient of a Carnegie Corporation Grant and a Distinguished Author Award (1982) from the California Association of Teachers of English, Mr. Moffett has taught at Phillips Exeter Academy and served on the faculties of Harvard, UC/Berkeley, San Diego State, and Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English.

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