The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
This classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers--and will continue to do so for many years to come.
John Gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works. In this practical, instructive handbook, based on the courses and seminars that he gave, he explains, simply and cogently, the principles and techniques of good writing. Gardner's lessons, exemplified with detailed excerpts from classic works of literature, sweep across a complete range of topics--from the nature of aesthetics to the shape of a refined sentence. Written with passion, precision, and a deep respect for the art of writing, Gardner's book serves by turns as a critic, mentor, and friend. Anyone who has ever thought of taking the step from reader to writer should begin here.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - amyjmerrick - LibraryThing
Gardner’s primer on constructing “the vivid and continuous fictional dream” is so sweeping and generous that he can find something to admire in writers as diverse as Melville and Barthelme. At the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JacobSeifert - LibraryThing
The snobbish opening nearly scared me off. I was sure I was what Gardner calls an "ignoramus," but I stuck with it and learned some valuable things. I like that he reinforces that successful writing ... Read full review
Aesthetic Law and Artistic Mystery
Basic Skills Genre and Fiction as Dream 17
Interest and Truth 39
Metafiction Deconstruction and Jazzing Around 82
Common Errors 97