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"It will fascinate anyone interested in how fiction gets put together. For the young writer it will become a necessary handbook, a stern judge, an encouraging friend... In the first half of the book, Gardner investigated just what fiction is. In the second half, he treats specific technical matters. The Art of Fiction is filled with lecture counsel, wise encouragement." -John L'Heureux, The New York Times Book Review
"A densely packed book of advice to all writers, not just young ones... It is serious, provocative, and funny, and I recommend it to anyone who cares about literature."- Margaret Manning, The Boston Globe
"He lays out virtually everything a person might want to know [about] how to say it, with good and bad examples and judgments falling like autumn leaves in a November storm." -William McPherson, The Washington Post
"The next best thing to graduate workshop in fiction writing. Drawing on examples from Homer to Kafka to Joyce Carol Oates, Gardner unravels the mysteries of plot, sentence structure, diction, and point of view." - Book-of-the-Month Club News
John Gardner was the best writing teacher ever and
his best book to read is Micklelsons Ghosts. Read more
Mr Gardner is informative with lots of good topics and hints, however he tends to write down the the mere beginner: unless you have a doctorate in English Literature you can expect... Read morePublished 2 months ago by alanroxieB.com
I have read dozens of books on creative writing, and I would place Gardner's The Art of Fiction at the top of the list, provided, that is, you already understand the basic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JackOfMostTrades
This book has become my writing bible and a valuable resource for improving the writing skills of my high school English students. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. R. Fleming
I cannot even begin to count the number of writing books I have read. A college professor who taught anthropology originally introduced me to "The Art of Fiction" and now,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian K. Miller
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner is an Invaluable source for the writer. I wish I'd had him for a teacher.Published 5 months ago by CRE
This is an old favorite from my university days that, at the time, was helpful and new. It's still useful and current, and I plan on using some of Gardner's gems for my creative... Read morePublished 5 months ago by true