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On Moral Fiction (A Harper Torchbook- TB 5069) Paperback – October 5, 1979
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"John Gardner's On Moral Fiction is criticism with both eyes open, fearless, illuminating, proving...that true art is moral and not trivial." -- Los Angeles Times
"Most refreshing about Gardner is his belief that some truths are indeed knowable." -- Business Week
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It is easily my favorite book. From the moment I first read it, until today; I open its pages and feel as if I'm having a literary conversation with an old friend.
The "moral" in the title puts off some folks, but don't be deterred. Gardner uses the term "moral" as you or I would use the word "truth." All Gardner is imploring is that authors seek the truth when writing fiction and avoid cheap tricks and cheap effects. That is all.
Yes, Gardner did feel that writing comes with a responsibility. He also felt it was nothing less than a privilege, and thus comes the responsibility that goes with privilege.
Buy it, enjoy it. If you share Gardner's view (as illustrated in the paragraph above, I promise you -- you will cherish this volume).
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This book is an absolutely fundamental discussion of the question "Why write fiction?Read more
"True art is moral. We recognize true art by its' careful, thoroughly honest search for an analysis of values.Read more