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On Becoming a Novelist

On Becoming a Novelist

On Becoming a Novelist contains the wisdom accumulated during John Gardner's distinguished twenty-year career as a fiction writer and creative writing teacher. With elegance, humor, and sophistication, Gardner describes the life of a working novelist; warns what needs to be guarded against, both from within the writer and from without; and predicts what the writer can reasonably expect and what, in general, he or she cannot. "For a certain kind of person," Gardner writes, "nothing is more joyful or satisfying than the life of a novelist." But no other vocation, he is quick to add, is so fraught with professional and spiritual difficulties. Whether discussing the supposed value of writer's workshops, explaining the role of the novelist's agent and editor, or railing against the seductive fruits of literary elitism, On Becoming a Novelist is an indispensable, life-affirming handbook for anyone authentically called to the profession. "A miraculously detailed account of the creative process."—Anne Tyler, Baltimore Sun

Titulo:On Becoming a Novelist
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9780393320039
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John Champlin Gardner was a well-known and controversial American novelist and university professor, best known for his novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth.


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  • Glenn Russell

    Thinking of writing a novel or becoming an honest-to-goodness novelist? If so, then this slim book by John Gardner will offer you sound advice and friendly encouragement. Of course, not every single b...

  • Kressel Housman

    Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird has just fallen to the #3 position in my list of favorite writing books. I don't think she'd mind, though, as she herself sings the praises of John Gardner in her book w...

  • Lee Thompson

    Jesus, I wish I would have known about this book when I started writing. If you're new to the craft, or just beginning to sell your work like I have been the last three years, give this a read. It's e...

  • Maren

    This is one of the best books I've ever read about writing. Interestingly, it's not actually about the process of writing, but more a rumination on what it takes to be a writer and what kind of person...

  • Benjamin

    "There is in the most confident metaphysical construct, in the most affirmative work of art a memento mori, a labour, implicit or explicit, to hold at bay the seepage of fatal time, of entropy into ea...

  • Hannah Greendale

    On Becoming a Novelist offers useful information but is muddled by the author's occasionally sexist remarks. The book identifies the general attributes of a writer and discusses several personality tr...

  • Lorena

    John Gardners books are not for "popular" writers because though that category existed in his heyday of the 70s and 80s, self publishing did not. So he could not imagine then where writing has gone. H...

  • Naja

    This book addresses nearly any emotion or trial you might experience as a novelist. I struggled with some of Gardner's assertions. I left a conflicted review on Amazon when I'd read the first half of ...

  • David

    This slim volume is an easy read with a lot of insightful commentary by a well-respected writer. I've never read any of Gardner's novels, but I may have to try one just to see how what he said about t...

  • Ren

    Well, this book could really be titled "On Becoming a Novelist in America" because it's really US-centric. The rest of the world, for instance, won't care that Iowa has a good creative writing program...

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