The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961-1963 (Paperback)
Random House Trade, 9780812974690, 333pp.
Publication Date: January 30, 2007
Brimming with urgency and wit, Godwin's inspiring tome opens a shining window into the life and craft of a great writer just coming into her own.
"A generous gift from a much-loved author to her readers."
"Full of lively, entertaining observations on the literary life . . . captures] the spirit of a young writer's adventure into foreign lands and foreign realms of thought and creative endeavor."
-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"As cities and continents and men change, the entries are borne along by . . . the young Godwin's fierce conviction that she is meant to write fiction and her desire to distract herself from this mission with any man who catches her eye."
-The New York Times Book Review
" Godwin] describes a high-wire act of love and work. . . . She espouses fierce, uncompromising ideas about fiction."
-Los Angeles Times
" Gail Godwin's journals] are a gold mine."
-The Boston Globe
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Praise For The Making of a Writer: Journals, 1961-1963…
“As a diarist myself I read Gail Godwin's diary with complicity, pleasure, suspense, annoyance, competitiveness, astonishment and, yes, a touch of jealousy. She holds her own gorgeously. It’s writing about writing, from the inside out: what it means–and takes–to be a writer.”
“[Godwin shows] the ways in which a writer’s imagination began to shape the material of her life into what later became notable stories and novels; it’s remarkable, in fact, that someone who at twenty-four could write with such wit, perception and rueful self-knowledge would have to wait another half-dozen years before receiving any recognition for her gifts. In one despairing moment, Godwin writes, ‘This journal has no earthly use or interest to anyone but Number One.’ Profoundly untrue.”
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Apart from Bellow, I can think of only four American novelists–Michael Chabon, Gail Godwin, Craig Nova, and Anne Tyler–whose work could be submitted to an international competition with any confidence.”
–Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World
“Gail Godwin is one of the best writers we have today.”
–The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“She is America’s best living novelist.”
–San Jose Mercury News
“One of the most intelligent and appealing of contemporary fiction writers.”