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The Art of Fiction: a Guide for Writers and Readers : A Guide for Writers and Readers - Ayn Rand

The Art of Fiction: a Guide for Writers and Readers

A Guide for Writers and Readers

By: Ayn Rand, Tore Boeckmann (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780452281547
Number Of Pages: 192

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In 1958, by popular demand, Ayn Rand gave an informal course on the art of fiction to a group of friends and acquaintances. Using only a few handwritten notes over the course of 12 sessions, the legendary author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged covered all the essentials of writing and reading fiction. Now, for the first time, the edited transcripts of these remarkable sessions are available to aspiring writers and readers. Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterisation and style - the 4 essential elements of fiction. She explains why all works of fiction express a specific code of values, and provides fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth. Here, too, are Rand's illuminating sentence-by-sentence analyses of passages from writers like Victor Hugo and Thomas Wolfe. Concise and accessible, this is an invaluable gift from one of our most enduring authors and an indispensable resource for all lovers of literature.

Introductionp. vii
Editor's Prefacep. xi
Writing and the Subconsciousp. 1
Literature as an Art Formp. 9
Theme and Plotp. 15
The Plot-Themep. 31
The Climaxp. 45
How to Develop a Plot Abilityp. 51
Concretize Your Abstractionsp. 52
Think in Terms of Conflictp. 56
Tap Your Emotionsp. 58
Characterizationp. 59
Style I: Depictions of Lovep. 89
from Atlas Shruggedp. 93
from Notre-Dame de Parisp. 98
from Of Time and the Riverp. 105
from Arrowsmithp. 112
from Star Moneyp. 114
from By Love Possessedp. 116
Style II: Descriptions of Nature and of New Yorkp. 123
from Atlas Shruggedp. 123
from Seven Gothic Talesp. 125
from The Fountainheadp. 127
from Atlas Shruggedp. 128
from One Lonely Nightp. 132
from The Web and the Rockp. 134
Naturalistic Descriptionp. 138
Analysis of "A Letter on Style"p. 138
Particular Issues of Stylep. 145
Narrative versus Dramatizationp. 145
Expositionp. 148
Flashbacksp. 150
Transitionsp. 152
Metaphorsp. 154
Descriptionsp. 156
Dialoguep. 157
Slangp. 158
Obscenitiesp. 160
Foreign Wordsp. 161
Journalistic Referencesp. 162
Special Forms of Literaturep. 165
Humorp. 165
Fantasyp. 169
Symbolismp. 172
Tragedy and the Projection of Negativesp. 174
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780452281547
ISBN-10: 0452281547
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1

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