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Reading Like a Writer

(2012)
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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 - 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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October 2008 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)
Author(s): Francine Prose
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August 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
Author(s): Francine Prose
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May 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
Author(s): Francine Prose
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April 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)
Author(s): Francine Prose
ISBN: 0-06-077705-2 / 978-0-06-077705-0 (USA edition)
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April 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Reading Like a Writer CD: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
Author(s): Francine Prose
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April 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
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March 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)
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March 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Loves Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)
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