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Reading Like a Writer





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Pub Date: 2006-08-22 Pages: 288 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US 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 & # 8212Dostoyevsky. Flaubert. Kafka. Austen. Dickens. Woolf . Chekhov & # 8212and 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 Eliots Middlemarch She looks to John Le Carr. for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue. to Flannery OConnor for the cunning use of t...

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