by David Lodge
Category: Language & Literature / Literature History
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 25 September 1997
Number of pages: 352
When it comes to the craft of writing, bestselling novelist David Lodge finds much to celebrate, analyze, and confess. In this absorbing collection of seventeen essays he ponders the work of writers he particularly admires, current and past trends in literary style, and the mechanics of the craft itself. Revealing, enlightening pieces on Graham Greene, James Joyce, Kingsley Amis and Anthony Burgess are interspersed with personal reflections on Lodge's own artistic and technical struggles. His insights into the contemporary world of publishing, and mass culture in general, are both trenchant and refreshing. As entertaining as it is edifying, this collection of fine writing about writing will prove valuable to students of the art as well as to Lodge's many, loyal readers who wish to know more about his own work.
Whether you are looking for instruction or entertainment, this eagerly awaited new collection from the author of The Art of Fiction has something for every reader or writer. With refreshing candour, Lodge turns his incisive critical attention to his own profession, assessing the achievements of the writers who have influenced his own work, scrutinizing the motives of biographers, pondering the merits of courses in creative writing - revealing the secrets of his own workshop in the process - and pulling the rug from under certain fashionable critical theories. (Kirkus UK)
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