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Birkerts' book (along with Doty's The Art of Description and Baxter's The Art of Subtext) serves as a densely packed brilliant master class for advanced writers. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kenneth Martin
Thank you Sven Birkerts!! Man, can this guy write! I'm in amazement of every page of this gorgeous volume of essays on memoir. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rhonda Cawthorn
Really very good book on memoir in a field awash with books, most of them not at all useful. I teach writing and memoir and got students to take a chapter each and to read it then... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Charlene Smith
It's amazing how much insight he puts into each page. Note that this is about the writing of memoir, not autobiography; as much about memory as about the remembered events.Published on July 31, 2014 by Writer
Interesting series of essays on the various types of memoirs. Have read most of the works suggested by Birkerts. Many unattractive narrators, some perhaps untrustworthy. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by donniejoe
So this guy writes as if writing a memoir is Shakespeare. Sorry, don't bother. I'd rather read your memoir in your own words, with the good, the bad and the ugly, using language... Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Sybil T