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The Art of Attention: A Poet's Eye (Art of...) by Donald Revell
The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination by Carl Phillips
The Art of Description: World into Word by Mark Doty
The Art of Intimacy: The Space Between by Stacey D'Erasmo
The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story by Christopher Castellani
The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction by Dean Young
The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot by Charles Baxter
The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song by Ellen Bryant Voigt
The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach
The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes by Joan Silber
Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again by Sven Birkerts

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How do series work?

To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.

Works can belong to more than one series. In some cases, as with Chronicles of Narnia, disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series.

Tip: If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title (eg., "Chronicles of Prydain (book 1)"). By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. If you want to force a particular order, use the | character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, "(0|prequel)" sorts by 0 under the label "prequel."

What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.


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