Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction

Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction
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Hardcover, Random House Inc, 2013, ISBN13 9781400069750, ISBN10 1400069750

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Good Prose is an inspiring book about writingabout the creation of good proseand the record of a warm and productive literary friendship. The story begins in 1973, in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly, in Boston, where a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd was the editor who encouraged him. From that article grew a lifelong association. Before long, Kidders The Soul of a New Machine, the first book the two worked on together, had won the Pulitzer Prize. It was a heady moment, but for Kidder and Todd it was only the beginning of an education in the art of nonfiction.

Good Prose explores three major nonfiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs. Kidder and Todd draw candidly, sometimes comically, on their own experiencetheir mistakes as well as accomplishmentsto demonstrate the pragmatic ways in which creative problems get solved. They also turn to the works of a wide range of writers, novelists as well as nonfiction writers, for models and instruction. They talk about narrative strategies (and about how to find a story, sometimes in surprising places), about the ethical challenges of nonfiction, and about the realities of making a living as a writer. They offer some tart and emphatic opinions on the current state of language. And they take a clear stand against playing loose with the facts. Their advice is always grounded in the practical world of writing and publishing.

Good Prose like Strunk and Whites The Elements of Style is a succinct, authoritative, and entertaining arbiter of standards in contemporary writing, offering guidance for the professional writer and the beginner alike. This wise and useful book is the perfect companion for anyone who loves to read good books and longs to write one.

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Smart, lucid, and entertaining. The Boston Globe

You are in such good companycongenial, ironic, a bit old-schoolthat youre happy to follow [Kidder and Todd] where they lead you. The Wall Street Journal

[A] well-structured, to-the-point, genuinely useful, and fun-to-read guide to writing narrative nonfiction, essays, and memoir... Crisp, informative, and mind-expanding. Booklist

A gem... The finer points of creative nonfiction are molded into an inspiring read that will affect the would-be writer as much as Anne Lamotts Bird by Bird or Stephen Kings On Writing.... This is a must read for nonfiction writers. Library Journal

As approachable and applicable as any writing manual available. Associated Press

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Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publish Date: Jan 15, 2013
ISBN-13: 9781400069750
ISBN-10: 1400069750
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.0
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