Reading Like a Writer
A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
Publication Date: April 2007
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In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart—to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.
Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen novels, including the National Book Award Finalist "Blue Angel" and "My New American Life". She has written three other novels for young adults: "After", winner of the California Young Reader Medal, an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; "Bullyville", a "PW" Best Book and Book Sense Children's Pick; and her most recent, "Touch". She is also the author of two picture books, "Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig" and "Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato". The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose was Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.