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Living With a Writer - Dale Salwak

Living With a Writer

By: Dale Salwak (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 11th August 2004
ISBN: 9781403904768
Number Of Pages: 237

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Living With A Writer brings together a group of prestigious contributors to discuss the writing lives of contemporary poets, novelists, critics, dramatists, editors and collaborators. What are the practical considerations of being a writer? What are the household dynamics? How do the circumstances contribute to the work? What does it tell us about the creative process? The book features pieces from well known authors and partners in famous literary relationships, including John Bayley, Amanda Craig, Nadine Gordimer, Ann Thwaite, Paul Theroux and John Updike. CATHERINE AIRD Author of detective fiction BRIAN W. ALDISS Novelist/ science-fiction author FRANCES H. BACHELDER Poet and novelist JOHN BAYLEY Husband of the late Iris Murdoch; Warton Professor of English Emeritus, Oxford University and novelist JAMES J. BERG Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, USA ANNE BERNAYS Teaches at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University; novelist MALCOLM BRADBURY Formerly Professor of American Studies, University of East Anglia, UK; novelist JUDY CARVER Daughter of William Golding; novelist MARY ANN CAWS Distinguished Professor of English, French and Comparative Literature, Graduate School of the City University of New York, USA; writer and biographer GEORGE HOWE COLT Novelist and former journalist AMANDA CRAIG Novelist and Journalist for The Sunday Times, The Times, The New Statesman, and The Independent MARGARET DRABBLE No velist BETTY FUSSELL Author of biographies and memoirs NADINE GORDIMER Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature; Novelist and Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Vice President of PEN International and a Goodwill Ambassaor of UNDP JOHN HALPERIN Centennial Professor of English, Vanderbilt University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; biographer MICHAEL HOLROYD Novelist JUSTIN KAPLAN Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1966; novelist and biographer JEFFREY MEYERS Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; biographer EDMUND MORRIS Winner of Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1980, Member of the Modern Library Editorial Board and writer in residence at the University of Chicago

Industry Reviews

'For the first time, spouses, children and parents of writers have collaborated in compiling their experiences of living with a scribe, remembrances which reveal their frustrations, irritations and sheer madness of sharing a roof with an ink-stained genius.' - Amelia Hill, The Observer

'Pleasing and interesting...' - Literary Review

'The range does the book credit...we hear as much about the satisfaction of mutual support, the thrill of being the first to read a new thing, and the fascination of watching experience turn into words, as we do about the misery of Emma Hardy...or what Colt calls the unions that 'could only end in alcoholism and madness (the Fitzgeralds), black eyes and hurled martini glasses (McCarthy and Wilson), or separation and suicide (Hughes and Plath)''. - Andrew Motion, The Guardian

'...[includes] a series of touching accounts of domestic happiness...[although] the popular image of writers as selfish brutes is affirmed in the shorter section of the book, 'The Problems', which features failed marriages and disastrous relationships' - Jessica Mann, The Literary Review

'Everyone agrees that writers' lives are internal and invisible in certain crucial ways, and most people also suppose that the parts which do show are predictably unpleasant... [However, in this book] we hear as much about the satisfaction of mutual support, the thrill of being the first to read a new thing, and the fascination of watching experience turn into words, as we do about the misery...' - Andrew Motion, Guardian Online

'[F]or every account that supports the perception that writers are self-centered, moody, brooding enigmas of petulant genius, there are uplifting tales of support, nurturing and inspiration' - Nicholas A. Basbanes, LA Times

'The editor of this intriguing little medley asked a number of writers to write something about living with a writer...the brief has been liberally interpreted, which makes it all the more interesting...The writer's inner self is what it's all about, of course, and this is precisely why Living with a Writer is (an) enjoyably prurient read. Get stuck in.' - The Evening Standard

'Conveys a sense of the writer's world.' - Times Higher Education Supplement

'Accomplished writers who read those words will almost certainly concede that they recognize themselves. Non-writers who live with writers will experience twinges of recognition, too. Bless them all, including my wife and children, who put up with so much.' - Steve Weinberg , The Writer

Acknowledgements Notes on the Contributors
Personal Lives
The Spouse in the House
Living with Writers
Lady of Letters: Living with Sylvia Jukes Morris
Hong Kong Time
Yesterday's News
The Open Door
Can This Collaboration Be Saved?
Forget She (or He) is a Writer, and All May Be Well
The Pantomime Horse
Getting Along with Myself
I Am Two Fools; Or Home Alone
Living with Julian
When Writing Entered My Mind
Writing, Teaching, Being Two of Us: An Autofiction
Room for One
Other Lives
Writers as Progenitors and Offspring
My Grandmother's Only Son
Harbour and Voyage: The Marriage of Ann and Bill Golding, 1939-1993
Lady Naipaul
The Mystery of the Vanishing Wife
Peter Levi: A Corresponding Friendship
Pen and Ink: The Life and Work of Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy
Maugham's Marriage
George Gissing's Marriages
Damned by Dollars:Moby-Dickand the Price of Genius
Related Works
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ISBN: 9781403904768
ISBN-10: 1403904766
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 237
Published: 11th August 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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