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

Vivian Gornick's books include Approaching Eye Level, The End of The Novel of Love, and The Situation and The Story. She lives in New York City.

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  • 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
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