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The Writer\'s Life

The Writer's Life

(1997)
A non fiction book by

 
PAUL AUSTER CHARLOTTE BRONTE WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS NOEL COWARD GUSTAVE FLAUBERT ANNE FRANK FRANZ KAFKA

Ambition. Fame. Sex. Envy. Gossip. Money. Death. They re all here, in this dazzling book of quotations--many of them previously unpublished--from the diaries, journals, and notebooks of the world s greatest writers. Arranged chronologically, from the fervent declarations of youth to the serene reflections of old age, The Writer's Life spans twenty-three countries and four centuries to observe the entire spectrum of the human condition, with particular attention to the joys and agonies of literary endeavor. Eloquent, candid, brimming with passion, insight and wit, the result is an invaluable resource for any writer--or for anyone seeking expert instruction in the art of being human.

On inspiration: "I am going to write because I cannot help it."

--Charlotte Bronte

On fame: "I dream that my face appears on a postage stamp."

--John Cheever

On sex: "In petting there is no Mason-Dixon line."

--Delmore Schwartz

On keeping a journal: "Writing a journal means that facing your ocean you are afraid to swim across it, so you attempt to drink it drop by drop."

--George Sand

HERMAN MELVILLE SYLVIA PLATH JAMES SALTER SAPPHIRE MARY SHELLEY HENRY DAVID THOREAU LEO TOLSTOY ALICE WALKER OSCAR WILDE

 
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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: The Writer's Life
Author(s): Carol Edgarian, Tom Jenks
ISBN: 0-9843816-5-1 / 978-0-9843816-5-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Narrative Library
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October 1997 : USA Paperback
Title: The Writer's Life: Intimate Thoughts on Work, Love, Inspiration, and Fame from the Diaries of the World's Great Writers
Author(s): Carol Edgarian, Tom Jenks
ISBN: 0-679-76957-9 / 978-0-679-76957-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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