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The Writer's Voice

by A. Alvarez

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This is very good little book about writing and literature. It probes into how a writer obtains his authentic voice. Alvarez demonstrates the importance of being able to listen and presents different poems to help one see the difference in voice between different poets by listening to how they sound. He then teases out the public perception of different writers. In some cases disparaging those whose career has been highlighted by drug or some other type of abuse. ( )
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'For a writer, voice is a problem that never lets you go, and I have thought about it for as long as I can remember - if for no other reason than that a writer doesn't properly begin until he has a voice of his own.' What makes good writing good? In his brilliant new book, Al Alvarez argues that it is the development of the voice - voice as distinct from style - that makes a writer great. A poet as well as a critic, Al Alvarez approaches his subject both as an informed observer and an insider. Here are - among others - Sylvia Plath, John Donne, Jean Rhys, Shakespeare, TS Eliot, Coleridge and W.B. Yeats, dissected with clarity, depth and a profound understanding of the mechanics of writing. Like the best literary criticism, The Writer's Voice makes writing come vividly alive. Written with passion and insight, it is the ideal gift for anyone who loves to read.

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