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To show and to tell : the craft of literary nonfiction

by Lopate, Phillip, 1943-

Format: Print Book 2013
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A long-awaited new book on personal writing from Phillip Lopate--celebrated essayist, the director of Columbia University's nonfiction program, and editor of The Art of the Personal Essay .

Distinguished author Phillip Lopate, editor of the celebrated anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, is universally acclaimed as "one of our best personal essayists" ( Dallas Morning News ). Here, combining more than forty years of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, he brings us this highly anticipated nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction. A phenomenal master class shaped by Lopate's informative, accessible tone and immense gift for storytelling, To Show and To Tell reads like a long walk with a favorite professor--refreshing, insightful, and encouraging in often unexpected ways.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lopate, a consummate and piquant essayist and director of Columbia University's graduate nonfiction program, draws on his extensive teaching experience in this expert, anecdotal, funny, and frank guide to writing intelligent, satisfying, engaging literary nonfiction. Even in a how-to book, Lopate can't help but write lithe and sparring personal essays, so we learn, for example, that he honed his chops as a ghostwriter. His sophisticated advice touches on psychological challenges as much as craft, such as when he names self-hatred as a stumbling block for writers, and, admitting his own audacity when writing about family and friends, instructs memoirists to be prepared to accept the guilt when people get upset. He also suggests developing a tone of assertion. Lopate draws helpful comparisons with fiction, noting that nonfiction also requires conflict and the art of characterization but that its story line is a thought process. Never one to accept received wisdom, Lopate encourages writers to go beyond the safe, facile, and sentimental. To see him practice what he preaches, turn to his newest essay collection, Portraits inside My Head.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Creative nonfiction -- Authorship.
Autobiography -- Authorship.
Essay -- Authorship.
Prose literature -- Authorship.
Publisher New York :Free Press,2013
Edition 1st Free Press trade paperback ed.
Language English
Description xi, 225 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781451696325 (trade paper)
1451696329 (trade paper)
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