- Hardcover: 372 pages
- Publisher: Running Pr; 3 edition (December 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0894718770
- ISBN-13: 978-0894718779
- Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 5.9 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writers on Writing Hardcover – December, 1990
From Publishers Weekly
A long-time collector of quotations, Winokur has gathered here an appealing assemblage of wit, wisdom and malice on the art and craft of writing. There are over 1600 pointed comments by writers on such subjects as plagiarism: "Whatever has been well said by anyone is mine" (Seneca). Other writers: "Fraud Madox Fraud" (Sitwell). Literary versus commercial values: "If Thomas Wolfe sold, I'd write like Thomas Wolfe" (Mickey Spillane). And the people who help disseminate their work: "Publishers are demons no doubt about it" (William James). With some 50 subject headings, an index and a short felicitous introduction by Winokur, this makes for elegant literary hors d'oeuvres.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy Haiku).
This book is the result of a personal collection of quotations by the author from the time he was only 17 and had his first notion of becoming a writer.
Being a rather small book of 5 1/2" X 6 1/4 " ;it might appear to be insignificient sitting on the bookshelf;but don't let that fool you.It is 372 pages with many hundreds of quotations by over 500 different writers. While some are from outside America,most are from the US.The breadth and variety of people and topics is exceeding great for a book of this type. The quotations are presented under 50 different subjects .Just to show the subjects covered;let me list a few; Best-Sellers,Censorship,Colleagues,Critics,Editors,Fiction,Money,Output,Fame,
Publicity,Posterity,Techniques,Work Habits,Readers and Reading,Publishers,Success and on and on.
Then at the back of the book we are given two indexes;one by Writers and another, Alphabetically.
You are sure to find quotes from most of your favorite writers and also many you may not be as familiar with;but you are going to be astounded with the quotes Winokur has assembled for your enjoyment.
This book was first written in 1986 and reprinted a few times,and when you see how comprehensive it is,it's little wonder it is still available.If there is any shortcoming,it has to be that there are no quotations from some of the more "recent writers" such as McMurtry ,King and so on;so maybe we will see a new updated edition edition one of these days.Here are a couple of quotes you'll find here;
"There are no dull subjects.There are only dull writers." H.L.Mencken
"Write without pay until someone offers to pay;if nobody offers within
three years,sawing wood is what you were intended for." Mark Twain
"I'm a commercial writer,not an "author". Margaret Mitchell was an
author.She wrote one book." Mickey Spillane
"I have never been a title man.I don't give a damn what it is called."
"I think you must remember that a writer is a simple-minded person
to begin with and go on that basis.He's not a great mind,he's not a
great thinker,he's not a great philosopher,he's a storyteller."
"A writer has nothing to say after forty;if he is clever he knows how
to hide it." Georges Simenon
"His style is chaos,illuminated by flashes of lightning. As a writer he
has mastered everything but language;as a novelist he can do
everything but tell a story;as an artist,he is everything,except
articulate. Oscar Wilde on George Meredith
"He festooned the dung heap on which he had placed himself with
sonnets as people grow honeysuckle around outdoor privies." Quentin
Crisp on Oscar Wilde
"A work of art has no importance whatever to society. It is only important to the individual." --Vladimir Nabokov
"We have art in order not to die of the truth."--Friedrich Nietzsche
"Poets have to dream, and dreaming in America is no cinch."--Saul Bellow
"There is no way of being a creative writer in America without being a loser."--Nelson Algren
"Writers don't have lifestyles. They sit in little rooms and write."--Norman Mailer
"I never wanted to grow up to be a writer; I just wanted to grow up to be an adult."--Toni Morrrison