A tribute to the brilliant craftsmanship of one of our most distinguished writers, providing valuable insight into her inspiration and her method
Joyce Carol Oates is widely regarded as one of America's greatest contemporary literary figures. Having written in a number of genres -- prose, poetry, personal and critical essays, as well as plays -- she is an artist ideally suited to answer essential questions about what makes a story striking, a novel come alive, a writer an artist as well as a craftsman.
In "The Faith of a Writer, "Oates discusses the subjects most important to the narrative craft, touching on topics such as inspiration, memory, self-criticism, and "the unique power of the unconscious." On a more personal note, she speaks of childhood inspirations, offers advice to young writers, and discusses the wildly varying states of mind of a writer at work. Oates also pays homage to those she calls her "significant predecessors" and discusses the importance of reading in the life of a writer.
Oates claims, "Inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make 'art': for prose fiction is also a craft, and craft must be learned, whether by accident or design." In fourteen succinct chapters, "The Faith of a Writer" provides valuable lessons on how language, ideas, and experience are assembled to create art.
|My Faith as a Writer||p. 1|
|District School #7, Niagara County, New York||p. 3|
|First Loves: From "Jabberwocky" to "After Apple Picking"||p. 13|
|To a Young Writer||p. 23|
|Running and Writing||p. 29|
|"What Sin to me Unknown ..."||p. 37|
|Notes on Failure||p. 51|
|Reading as a Writer: The Artist as Craftsman||p. 93|
|The Enigmatic Art of Self-Criticism||p. 127|
|The Writer's Studio||p. 137|
|Blonde Ambition: An Interview with Joyce Carol Oates||p. 143|
|"JCO" and I (After Borges)||p. 153|
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Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 14th September 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 14.0 x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.16