The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John GardnerThis classic guide, from the renowned novelist and professor, has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers—and will continue to do so for many years to come.
John Gardner was almost as famous as a teacher of creative writing as he was for his own works. In this practical, instructive handbook, based on the courses and seminars that he gave, he explains, simply and cogently, the principles and techniques of good writing. Gardner’s lessons, exemplified with detailed excerpts from classic works of literature, sweep across a complete range of topics—from the nature of aesthetics to the shape of a refined sentence. Written with passion, precision, and a deep respect for the art of writing, Gardner’s book serves by turns as a critic, mentor, and friend. Anyone who has ever thought of taking the step from reader to writer should begin here.
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John Champlin Gardner Jr. July 21, — September 14, was an American novelist, essayist, literary critic and university professor. He is best known for his novel Grendel , a retelling of the Beowulf myth from the monster's point of view. Gardner was born in Batavia, New York. His father was a lay preacher and dairy farmer, and his mother taught English at a local school.
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