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The Art Of Fiction

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : 9780307756718
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers—and will continue to do so for many years to come. John Gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works. In this practical, instructive handbook, based on the courses and seminars that he gave, he explains, simply and cogently, the principles and techniques of good writing. Gardner’s lessons, exemplified with detailed excerpts from classic works of literature, sweep across a complete range of topics—from the nature of aesthetics to the shape of a refined sentence. Written with passion, precision, and a deep respect for the art of writing, Gardner’s book serves by turns as a critic, mentor, and friend. Anyone who has ever thought of taking the step from reader to writer should begin here.

John Gardner On Writing

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : 9781480466005
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Three books in one volume: Advice and reflections on modern fiction from “one of the greatest creative writing teachers we’ve ever had” (Frederick Busch). In On Becoming a Novelist, John Gardner advises the aspiring fiction author on such topics as the value of creative writing workshops, the developmental stages of literary growth, and the inevitable experience of writer’s block. Drawn from his two decades of experience in creative writing, Gardner balances his compassion for his students with his knowledge of the publishing industry, and truthfully relates his experiences of the hardships that lie ahead for aspiring authors. In On Writers & Writing, acclaimed novelist John Gardner discusses the craft of fiction writing, taking to task some of his best-known contemporaries in the process. Gardner criticizes some for writing disingenuous fiction, and commends others who produce literature that acts as a life-affirming force. He offers insights into and exacting critiques on such writers as Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and John Cheever, while addressing his personal influences and delivering broad-ranging observations on literary culture. And in On Moral Fiction, John Gardner’s thesis is simple: “True art is by its nature moral.” Since the book’s first publication, the passion behind Gardner’s assertion has both provoked and inspired readers. In examining the work of his peers, Gardner analyzes what has gone wrong, in his view, in modern art and literature, and how shortcomings in artistic criticism have contributed to the problem. He develops his argument by showing how artists and critics can reintroduce morality and substance to their work to improve society and cultivate our morality.

On Writers And Writing

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : UOM:39015032879838
Genre : Reference
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A first-time collection of the essays and reviews of the late artist and critic, presenting his views on Bellow, Nabokov, Updike, and others, explores subjects ranging from religion to fairy tales, and from King Arthur to Walt Disney.

Conversations With John Gardner

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : 0878054235
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Gathers interviews with John Gardner from each period of his career, and offers a brief profile of his life and accomplishments

On Becoming A Novelist

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : UOM:39015040121173
Genre : Fiction
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"One of the greatest creative writing teachers we've ever had." -Frederick Busch

On Moral Fiction

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : UOM:39015046830082
Genre : Fiction
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A genuine classic of literary criticism, On Moral Fiction argues that ”true art is by its nature moral.”

John Gardner

Author : Barry Silesky
ISBN : 9781565127593
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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For a decade--from 1973 to 1982--John Gardner was one of America's most famous writers and certainly its most flamboyantly opinionated. His 1973 novel, The Sunlight Dialogues, was on the New York Times bestseller list for fourteen weeks. Once in the limelight, he picked public fights with his peers, John Barth, Joseph Heller, and Norman Mailer among them, and wrote five more bestsellers. Gardner's personal life was as chaotic as his writing life was prolific. At twenty, he married his cousin Joan, and after a long marriage that was both passionate and violent, left her for Liz Rosenberg, a student. Only a few years later, he left Rosenberg for another student, Susan Thornton. Famous for disregarding his own safety, he rode his motorcycle at crazy speeds, incurred countless concussions, and once broke both of his arms. He survived what was diagnosed as terminal colon cancer only to resume his prodigious drinking and to die in a motorcycle accident at age forty-nine, a week before his third wedding. Biographer Barry Silesky captures John Gardner's fabulously contradictory genius and his capacity to both dazzle and infuriate. He portrays Gardner as a man of unrestrained energy and blatant contempt for convention and also as a man whose charisma drew students and devoted followers wherever he went. Amazingly, Gardner published twenty-nine books in all, including eleven fiction titles, a book-length epic poem, six books of medieval criticism, and a major biography. Twenty-one years after his death, his On Moral Fiction and The Art Of Fiction are still read and debated in MFA programs across the country. This is a full-scale biography of a writer who was, for ten years, almost bigger than life. It lives up to its subject magnificently.

Nickel Mountain

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : 0811216780
Genre : Fiction
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John Gardner's most poignant novel of improbable love. At the heart of John Gardner's "Nickel Mountain" is an uncommon love story: when at 42, the obese, anxious and gentle Henry Soames marries seventeen-year-old Callie Wells--who is pregnant with the child of a local boy--it is much more than years which define the gulf between them. But the beauty of this novel is the gradual revelation of the bond that develops as this unlikely couple experiences courtship and marriage, the birth of a son, isolation, forgiveness, work, and death in a small Catskill community in the 1950s. The plot turns on tragic events--they might be accidents or they might be acts of will--involving a cast of rural eccentrics tha includes a lonely amputee veteran, a religious hysteric (thought by some to be the devil himself) and an itinerant "Goat Lady." Questions of guilt, innocence, and even murder are eclipsed by deeds of compassion, humility, and redemption, and ultimately by Henry Soames' quiet discovery of grace. Novelist William H. Gass, a friend and colleague of the author, has written an introduction that shines new light on the work and career of the much praised but often misunderstood John Gardner.

The Art Of John Gardner

Author : Per Winther
ISBN : 0791411141
Genre : Literary Criticism
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125 drawings exhibited by the Dusseldorf Museum in 1988. The collection and accompanying narrative essays tell the story of Julo Levin, artist and teacher, and the survival of the drawings. Finely reproduced color and bandw photos of Levin's work, that of his circle of friends, and, of course, that of the children. A translation from the German (1988, Dusseldorf: Claassen). An analysis of the work of American writer Gardner (1933-82), emphasizing his compositional method, as manifested in Grendel, The King's Indian, The Sunlight Dialogues, and Jason and Medeia. Revised from a 1985 doctoral dissertation at Olso University. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Grendel

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : 9780307756787
Genre : Fiction
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The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his own side of the story in this frequently banned book. This classic and much lauded retelling of Beowulf follows the monster Grendel as he learns about humans and fights the war at the center of the Anglo Saxon classic epic. This is the book William Gass called "one of the finest of our contemporary fictions."

Is Life Like This? A Guide To Writing Your First Novel In Six Months

Author : John Dufresne
ISBN : 0393076997
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“[Dufresne’s] generous, wise, cajoling, stern, and compassionate voice will get you working right away.”—Brad Watson “Writing a novel,” says John Dufresne, “is not as easy as you may have thought before you tried. But it’s also not as difficult as you imagined.” Dufresne’s smart, practical, hard-nosed guide is for the person who has always wanted to write a novel but has been daunted by the sometimes chaotic, always challenging writing process. A patient teacher and experienced writer, Dufresne focuses his expertise and good humor on helping aspiring novelists take their first tentative steps. His six-month program variously calls attention to the key elements of good fiction writing and offers exercises that are designed to sharpen writers’ command of novel-length storytelling. After six months of guided writing, the users of this book will finish what might have once seemed impossible—a rich and compelling first draft of a novel. Is Life Like This? may well be the most important addition to the aspiring writer’s library.

Great American Writers

Author : Robert Baird Shuman
ISBN : 0761472452
Genre : American literature
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Highlights the lives and works of more than ninety American and Canadian writers of fiction, drama, nonfiction, poetry and song lyrics.

The Cambridge Introduction To Creative Writing

Author : David Morley
ISBN : 0521547547
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Garner On Language And Writing

Author : Bryan A. Garner
ISBN : 1604424451
Genre : Law
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Since the 1987 appearance of A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Bryan A. Garner has proved to be a versatile and prolific writer on legal-linguistic subjects. This collection of his essays shows both profound scholarship and sharp wit. The essays cover subjects as wide-ranging as learning to write, style, persuasion, contractual and legislative drafting, grammar, lexicography, writing in law school, writing in law practice, judicial writing, and all the literature relating to these diverse subjects.

The Last Trump

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : 0425095827
Genre : Fiction
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When Russia takes over Western Europe, the President of the U.S. decides to activate Golgotha, a top secret missile base, and the sleeper agents who will operate it

Novel Preaching

Author : Alyce M. McKenzie
ISBN : 9781611644388
Genre : Religion
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In this lively and accessible book, Alyce McKenzie explores how fiction writers approach the task of writing novels: how they develop their ideas, where they find their inspiration, and how they turn the spark of a creative notion into words on paper that will captivate the masses. McKenzie's study shows how preachers can use the same techniques to enhance their own creativity and to turn their ideas into powerful, well crafted sermons. Novel Preaching offers a wealth of advice from successful fiction writers, including Isabelle Allende, Frederick Buechner, Julia Cameron, Annie Dillard, Natalie Goldberg, Stephen King, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Melanie Rae Thorn, and also includes a number of sample sermons from McKenzie herself.

A Study Guide For John Gardner S Redemption

Author : Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN : 9781410356420
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A Study Guide for John Gardner's "Redemption," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.

Raymond Carver

Author : Carol Sklenicka
ISBN : 1439160589
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The first biography of america’s best-known short story writer of the late twentieth century. The London Times called Raymond Carver "the American Chekhov." The beloved, mischievous, but more modest short-story writer and poet thought of himself as "a lucky man" whose renunciation of alcohol allowed him to live "ten years longer than I or anyone expected." In that last decade, Carver became the leading figure in a resurgence of the short story. Readers embraced his precise, sad, often funny and poignant tales of ordinary people and their troubles: poverty, drunkenness, embittered marriages, difficulties brought on by neglect rather than intent. Since Carver died in 1988 at age fifty, his legacy has been mythologized by admirers and tainted by controversy over a zealous editor’s shaping of his first two story collections. Carol Sklenicka penetrates the myths and controversies. Her decade-long search of archives across the United States and her extensive interviews with Carver’s relatives, friends, and colleagues have enabled her to write the definitive story of the iconic literary figure. Laced with the voices of people who knew Carver intimately, her biography offers a fresh appreciation of his work and an unbiased, vivid portrait of the writer.

Lies Lies Lies

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : UOM:39015043004772
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As a student at DePauw University in 1952, John Gardner kept a notebook to which he gave the seemingly playful title Lies! Lies! Lies! The journal offers a revealing glimpse into the youthful mind of a brilliant writer. While contemplating his upcoming marriage, and entering a writing contest (in which he is pulling for another DePauw student, a future writer named John Jakes), Gardner ruminates on his prodigious readings in Dumas, Fielding, Swift and Thackeray, and records a series of boyish college pranks, all the more amusing for the sophisticated intelligence of the perpetrator. Introduced by novelist Thomas Gavin (himself a former student of Gardner), this is the first publication of this journal, in any form, anywhere. It is reproduced here in a facsimile edition, preserving the writer's clear and fastidious penmanship, followed by a printed transcription of the text.

Freddy S Book

Author : John Gardner
ISBN : UOM:39015070702413
Genre : Fiction
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