The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative 1st Edition
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“The Situation and the Story [is] an elegant, concise, unlocking of the mystery of personal narrative. It's changed my thinking already and should be on every writer's bookshelf.” ―Elaine Showalter , author of The Madwoman in the Attic
“A wonderful illumination of some of the best and most moving writers of personal narrative, by a writer whose own graceful style and exemplary forthrightness make this a most rewarding book for both the college classroom and one's own favorite armchair.” ―Lydia Davis
“Vivian Gornick is an extraordinary writer of personal narrative. In her articulate and compelling new book, we learn about the craft, about Gornick specifically, and about the writer's life generally. Her incisive and vivid blend of story and information conveys the essence and the challenge of the creative nonfiction genre and is an example of what the genre can do.” ―Lee Gutkind, author of The Art of Creative Nonfiction
“Vivian Gornick writes with distilled wisdom and practiced accuracy. I trust her intuition absolutely.” ―Sven Birkert
“We have long needed a book like this, which would put the field of creative non-fiction into thoughtful perspective, X-ray its secrets, and raise its standards. Vivian Gornick has done all that and more, producing a brilliant exegesis that is both analysis and exemplar of the difficult art of personal narrative. She brings a laser-like focus to her subject, while complicating it at every turn with moral nuance. The writing is both eloquent and elegant; the sentences have bite; the whole thing is an exhilarating read.” ―Phillip Lopate
About the Author
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (October 11, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0374528586
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374528584
- Item Weight : 5.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.05 x 0.5 x 8.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #42,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All students need mentor texts, pieces of writing that can be entered again and again for different purposes-even adult writers. Especially adult writers because we come to the page with a litany of bad habits, preconceived notions of how the story should be told, and muddled ideas about its situation, or what we gleaned from the experience having removed ourselves from the intimacy of that moment in time.
Enter stage right THE SITUATION AND THE STORY, a seminole guide to the blind memoirist searching for a way out, or in, as it were.
When I purchased the book I knew nothing about it and mistakenly expected a discussion of memoir writing without frills. The book was more than that. Without a doubt, I think it is filled with essential information for aspiring memoir writers. If you happen to be an instructor yourself, there are questions you may find useful at the back of the book.
I was disappointed by the dated book selection and by the lack of awareness of having chosen exclusively white writers. I just don't understand how the year the book was published, 2001, different choices were not made in that regard.