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On Becoming A Novelist

Gardner, John (Book - 1999 )
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On Becoming a Novelist contains the wisdom accumulated during John Gardner's distinguished twenty-year career as a fiction writer and creative writing teacher. With elegance, humor, and sophistication, Gardner describes the life of a working novelist; warns what needs to be guarded against, both from within the writer and from without; and predicts what the writer can reasonably expect and what, in general, he or she cannot. "For a certain kind of person," Gardner writes, "nothing is more joyful or satisfying than the life of a novelist." But no other vocation, he is quick to add, is so fraught with professional and spiritual difficulties. Whether discussing the supposed value of writer's workshops, explaining the role of the novelist's agent and editor, or railing against the seductive fruits of literary elitism, On Becoming a Novelist is an indispensable, life-affirming handbook for anyone authentically called to the profession. "A miraculously detailed account of the creative process."--Anne Tyler, Baltimore Sun
Authors: Gardner, John, 1933-1982
Title: On becoming a novelist
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1999
Edition: Norton paperback
Characteristics: xxv, 150 p. ; 21 cm
Notes: Includes index
Contents: I. The Writer's Nature 1
II. The Writer's Training and Education 73
III. Publication and Survival 98
IV. Faith 119
ISBN: 9780393320039
0393320030
Branch Call Number: 808.3 Ga
Statement of Responsibility: John Gardner ; foreword by Raymond Carver
Subject Headings: Fiction Authorship Vocational guidance
Topical Term: Fiction
LCCN: 82048662
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