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Lit from Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing Paperback – March 22, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0821419489 ISBN-10: 082141948X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press; 1 edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082141948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821419489
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


 “The essays are detailed and sophisticated enough to appeal to writers, particularly novice writers, yet general enough to appeal to readers who are not necessarily writers.”
— NewPages


“Reading Lit From Within reminded me of the best of the genre, including Anne Lamott's Bird By Bird, Nancie Atwell's In the Middle and Stephen Koch's The Modern Library Writer's Workshop."
— The Plain Dealer


“This collection of 15 essays, written by literary luminaries such as poet Billy Collins, novelist Francine Prose and nonfiction author Rick Bass, offers wonderful insight into the working habits of some of America's most celebrated authors…. Smart, concise and thought-provoking, this collection is a treasure for writers looking to improve their craft.”
— The Writer

“Representing widely diverse approaches, the result is a useful book containing a wealth of creative writing wisdom.”
— Book News

“The pieces in Lit from Within can be laugh-out-loud funny or seriously contemplative; either way, they all contain nuggets of wisdom that will speak to anyone who sits down to write.”
— Ohio Today

About the Author

 Kevin Haworth’s novel The Discontinuity of Small Things was winner of the Samuel Goldberg Prize for best Jewish fiction and finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He teaches writing at Ohio University and serves as executive editor of Ohio University Press/Swallow Press. 

Dinty W. Moore’s memoir Between Panic & Desire was winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. His other books include The Accidental Buddhist, Toothpick Men, and The Emperor’s Virtual Clothes. He is a professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University. 

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The essays in "Lit from Within" are remarkably intelligent and engaging. I would have given the book 4 stars, except the publisher obviously didn't know how to prepare an e-book. Some of the material has justified margins, with big gaps in between the words, making reading difficult. In other sections, the margins are unjustified, which makes the text somewhat easier to read, but those sections look more like a manuscript than a published book. I haven't seen the print version of the book, but I assume it's more professionally produced than the Kindle version. The publisher should return to the drawing board on the Kindle edition. It's not quite ready for prime time.
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