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Award-winning novelist Samuel R. Delany has written a book for creative writers to place alongside E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel and Lajos Egri's Art of Dramatic Writing. Taking up specifics (When do flashbacks work, and when should you avoid them? How do you make characters both vivid and sympathetic?) and generalities (How are novels structured? How do writers establish serious literary reputations today?), Delany also examines the condition of the contemporary creative writer and how it differs from that of the writer in the years of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and the high Modernists. Like a private writing tutorial, About Writing treats each topic with clarity and insight. Here is an indispensable companion for serious writers everywhere.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. C
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  1. Title Page, Further Reading, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. An Introduction: Emblems of Talent
  2. pp. 1-60
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  1. Part I SEVEN ESSAYS
  2. pp. 61-62
  1. Teaching/Writing
  2. pp. 63-68
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  1. Thickening the Plot
  2. pp. 69-76
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  1. Characters
  2. pp. 77-84
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  1. On Pure Storytelling
  2. pp. 85-94
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  1. Of Doubts and Dreams
  2. pp. 95-106
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  1. Some Notes for the Intermediate and Advanced Creative Writing Student
  2. pp. 117-148
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  1. Part II FOUR LETTERS
  2. pp. 149-150
  1. Letter to P—
  2. pp. 151-160
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  1. Letter to Q—
  2. pp. 161-180
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  1. Letter to R—
  2. pp. 181-200
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  1. Letter to S—
  2. pp. 201-206
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  1. Part III FiVE INTERViEWS
  2. pp. 207-208
  1. A Para•doxa Interview: Experimental Writing/Texts & Questions
  2. pp. 209-270
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  1. An American Literary History Interview: The Situation of American Writing Today
  2. pp. 271-298
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  1. A Poetry Project Newsletter Interview: A Silent Interview
  2. pp. 299-310
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  1. A Black Clock Interview
  2. pp. 311-336
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  1. A Para•doxa Interview: Inside and Outside the Canon
  2. pp. 337-374
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  1. Appendix: Nits, Nips, Tucks, and Tips
  2. pp. 375-419
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 420
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819574244
Related ISBN(s)
9780819567154
MARC Record
OCLC
859687880
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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