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The Art of X-Ray Reading: How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature Will Improve Your Writing by [Clark, Roy Peter]
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"Just when you think Clark, who has written some of the best books on the writer's craft, has covered everything related to the subject, he digs deep into literature and excavates a gold mine of artistic strategies for great writing....With lively, colorful writing and inspired practical advice, this guide earns a spot along with Clark's Writing Tools as essential reading for writers. Recommended for book lovers as well."―Kirkus (Starred Review)


"This book sits on the (well-oiled) hinge between close reading and manual. Roy Peter Clark, who knows a thing or two about the writer's trade, digs into passages of successful writing from King Lear to the Goon Squad in order to unearth such writerly tools as foreshadowing, wordplay, shock value, repetition, rhetorical tropes, soliloquy and many more. It's a delightful read and an illuminating method for beginner or pro."―Janet Burroway, author of Writing Fiction and Losing Tim

"Any honest writer will tell you this: It's not tricks that make you better at crafting prose. It's reading. Lots of reading. Close reading. X-ray reading. Roy Peter Clark decodes brilliant passages so that we can not so much emulate them, but make our own magic."―-Constance Hale, author of Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch

About the Author

Roy Peter Clark is senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, one of the most prestigious schools for journalists in the world. He has taught writing at every level--to schoolchildren and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors--for more than thirty years. A writer who teaches and a teacher who writes, he has authored or edited seventeen books on writing and journalism, including How to Write Short, Writing Tools, The Glamour of Grammar, and Help! for Writers. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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  • File Size: 1580 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316282170
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (January 26, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2016
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00X47ZMDQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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