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The Writer's Quotation Book Hardcover – October, 1997

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"Writers," says James Charlton in the preface to his Writer's Quotation Book, "love quotations. They love quoting someone else's work almost as much as they love quoting their own." What started as a 16-page giveaway in 1979 has been revised and expanded considerably (the book is now divided into over 60 sections) and is now in its fourth edition. Like its many contributors, Charlton's compendium is at turns wise, wry, sincere, and self-deprecating. The effect is that of an expansive club, whose members understand the writer's blank stares out the window, the mocking taunt of a stack of white paper, the rejection dejection, and the glee that comes with first holding in one's hands a book with one's name on it. "You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer," says Margaret Atwood here, "an almost physical nerve, the kind you need to walk a log across a river." --Jane Steinberg

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 4 Rev Exp edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571199208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571199204
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan Poynter VINE VOICE on October 4, 2000
Writing is a solitary endeavor. Reading quotations from other writers is a way to get advice from your peers. This is a most inspirational book.
For coverage, click on Table of Contents in the left-hand column of this page.
James Charlton is an editor, publisher, compiler and the author of nearly three-dozen books. He loves writing and writers.
As the author of 113 books (including revisions and foreign-language editions) and over 500 magazine articles, I highly recommend this book to writers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1999
As an 'aspiring' writer I could appreciate the wonderful humor, insight, and honestly from the various quotes regarding the writing industry. From writers' block, to publishers are demons, to how writers feel about being broke, this book is charming and a must-have for wanna be or current professional writers.
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