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Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

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Reading Like a Writer
Francine Prose

A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

HarperCollins
August 2006
On Sale: August 22, 2006
288 pages
ISBN: 0060777044
EAN: 9780060777043
Hardcover
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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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Talk of the Nation - September 14, 2006
All Things Considered - September 7, 2006

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