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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date April 1, 2007
Pages 273
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780060777050
ISBN-10 0060777052
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.55 lbs.
Original list price $15.99
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Summary
An insider's report on how professionals read and write instructs aspiring writers on the methods employed by such literary figures as Kafka, Austen, and Dickens, in a resource that draws on key examples to demonstrate the essentials of good plot and character development. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose.

In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted.

Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.



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Hardcover
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from Harpercollins (September 1, 2006)
9780060777043 | details & prices | 273 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.85 lbs | List price $23.99
About: An insider's report on how professionals read and write instructs aspiring writers on the methods employed by such literary figures as Kafka, Austen, and Dickens, in a resource that draws on key examples to demonstrate the essentials of good plot and character development.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Perennial (April 1, 2007)
9780060777050 | details & prices | 273 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $15.99
About: An insider's report on how professionals read and write instructs aspiring writers on the methods employed by such literary figures as Kafka, Austen, and Dickens, in a resource that draws on key examples to demonstrate the essentials of good plot and character development.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780061256561
 
With Nanette Savard (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Harperaudio (April 1, 2007)
9780061256561 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.50 × 1.50 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $34.95
About: An insider's report on how professionals read and write instructs aspiring writers on the methods employed by such literary figures as Kafka, Austen, and Dickens, in a resource that draws on key examples to demonstrate the essentials of good plot and character development.
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (October 8, 2008)
9781439559451 | details & prices | 273 pages | List price $22.95
About: Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write?

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