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The Faber Book of Writers on Writers by Sean…

The Faber Book of Writers on Writers

by Sean French

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Almost a slef-indulgent exercise in thoughts on writing, this book is not helpful to those wishing to "learn" techniques that can be applied to fiction writing. However, having said that, it is a very good resource for those wishing to tackle moderately difficult romanctic, realistic, modern, and postmodern works of literature with informal essays by respected authors. ( )
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John Updike believes it to be one of the less-elevated impulses. Norman Mailer views it as an inevitable conflict. Wallace Stevens saw it as one of the greatest aspects of literature. There occurs a unique frisson when great writers meet, and when one -- or both -- of them records the event, the results are unpredictable.

This collection includes Philip Roth dashing the hopes of a dying Bernard Malamud; Virginia Woolf glimpsing D. H. Lawrence on an Italian railway platform from a passing train; William Hazlitt on Samuel Coleridge; T. S. Eliot on James Joyce; Evelyn Waugh on Graham Greene; Arthur Miller on Saul Bellow; James Baldwin on Richard Wright; and Martin Amis on Nicholson Baker. W. H. Auden once noted that writers have no small talk when they meet; based on the evidence here, these meetings more often lead to fireworks. This anthology reveals to us moments of rivalry, jealousy, hatred, bitterness, and revenge -- dotted with occasional interludes of admiration, magnanimity, and affection, all in the voices of the writers themselves.

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