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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.) by [Francine Prose]
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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.) Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition

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“Witty...Insightful.”

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National Book Award finalist Francine Prose (for Blue Angel) is an evangelist for the practice of improving one's writing by reading the great writers. After reading her extremely thorough and humorous analysis of works that demonstrate the highest craft of wordsmithery, it's hard not to convert to her way of thinking, though not everyone will adore her occasionally dictatorial tone or agree with her choices of who is (and isn't) "great." At the same time, she is remarkably fair-minded in her choice of subjects, from Herman Melville to ZZ Packer and Deborah Eisenberg. (And it's worth checking out her list of 117 "Books to Be Read Immediately.") Critics, many of them past or present teachers of writing, universally recommend this book not only in academic settings but also for casual readers, would-be novelists, and everyone who shares Prose's love of language.

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


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  • Publication date : March 17, 2009
  • File size : 1116 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 320 pages
  • Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 1908526076
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B000JMKSWE
  • Lending : Not Enabled
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