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The Faith Of A Writer : Life, Craft, Art - Joyce Carol Oates

The Faith Of A Writer

Life, Craft, Art

Paperback Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780060565541
Number Of Pages: 176

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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 Writerp. 1
District School #7, Niagara County, New Yorkp. 3
First Loves: From "Jabberwocky" to "After Apple Picking"p. 13
To a Young Writerp. 23
Running and Writingp. 29
"What Sin to me Unknown ..."p. 37
Notes on Failurep. 51
Inspiration!p. 75
Reading as a Writer: The Artist as Craftsmanp. 93
The Enigmatic Art of Self-Criticismp. 127
The Writer's Studiop. 137
Blonde Ambition: An Interview with Joyce Carol Oatesp. 143
"JCO" and I (After Borges)p. 153
Acknowledgmentsp. 157
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ISBN: 9780060565541
ISBN-10: 0060565543
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: ECCO PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 14.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.16

Joyce Carol Oates

About the Author

Joyce Carol Oates is an American author with over 70 books and the winner of a host of prizes including the National Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over 40 novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Oates is Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University.

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