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On Becoming a Novelist

On Becoming a Novelist - 83 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393320039

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ISBN13: 978-0393320039
ISBN10: 0393320030
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Edition/Copyright: 83
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 1983
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On Becoming a Novelist - 83 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393320039

John Gardner and Raymond Carver

ISBN13: 978-0393320039
ISBN10: 0393320030
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 83
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Published: 1983
International: No
Summary

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.

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