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Heads T S Eliot on editors I suppose some editors Writer's Chapbook A Compendium of MOBI #180 are failed writers but so are most writers to expositions on plot character and the technical process of putting pen to paper and doing it for a living I don't even have a plot says Norman Mailer Paul Bowles describes writing in bed Toni Morrison talks about inventing characters and Edward Albee and Tom Wolfe explain where they discovered the titles for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Bonfire of the Vanities        This book is a treasure But beware What is true for the Writers at Work series holds for The Writer's Chapbook even a reader who picks it up intending just to dip into it might not emerge for days who can argue with tenessee williams eudora welty f oconnor k a porter truman capote hemingway about what it means to write why to do it and what makes good writing well i guess they can argue with each other and that s what they do in this book virtually that is or or less It s reat fun

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The Writer's Chapbook A Compendium of Fact Opinion Wit and Advice from the Twentieth Century's Preeminent Writers

The first issue of The Chapbook A MOBI #239 Paris Review in included an interview on the craft of writing with E M Forster perhaps the greatest living author of the time Subseuent issues carried interviews with among others François Mauriac Graham Greene Irwin Shaw William Styron Ralph Ellison and William Faulkner in the intervening years many of the world's most significant writers Ezra Pound Robert Frost Ernest Hemingway John Updike and John Dos Passos sat down with The Paris The Writer's PDF or Review Many of the interviews have been collected in a series of volumes entitled Writers at Work From these interviews The Paris Review's editor George Plimpton has selected the best and most illuminating insights that I m not a fan of inspirational uote books and the out of context one liners zipping around social media drive me nuts but I love this book Some of the entries are short but others are full blown vignettes all extracted from interviews conducted over several decades for The Paris Review Writers who lived in different times and places are holding forth in the same room and I get to listen in An anecdote by William Faulkner may be followed a few pages later by a comment about Faulkner made after Faulkner was long dead The book covers all sorts of topics that writers talk about often and the Technical Matters section includes plenty of useful nuts and bolts wisdom about beginnings and endings plot characterization dialogue writer s block and other challenges I especially liked the chapter on symbols though or perhaps because it will probably piss some English teachers offWithin each topic the contributions are arranged in alphabetical order I just opened at random to two pages in On Critics where James Dickey J P Donleavy John Dos Passos Margaret Drabble Lawrence Durrell Aldous Huxley The serendipitous conversations thus provoked are uite wonderfulSince I borrowed this book from the library I went looking for my own copy and was shocked to learn that the going prices at OnlineBehemothcom started at 299 I bid on a copy at MegaAuctionSitecom but bailed when the price soared past 30 It eventually went for 71 What to do what to do While typing this little review I returned to OnlineBehemothcom and what to my wondering eyes did appear but two used paperback copies for sale at less than 5 plus shipping There s still one left Go get it

Review The Writer's Chapbook A Compendium of Fact Opinion Wit and Advice from the Twentieth Century's Preeminent Writers

The writers have provided and arranged them by subject rather than by author The book is divided into four parts The Writer A Profile including the sections On Reading On Work Habits On the Audi ence etc Part II is Technical Matters On Writer's Chapbook A Kindle #207 Style On Plot etc Part III is Different Forms On Biography On Journalism and Part IV is The Writer's Life covering topics like conferences courses and teaching along with a section in which writers provided portraits of other writers Writer's Chapbook A Compendium of MOBI #180         The Writer's Chapbook is a fund of observations by writers on writing These range from marvel ous one liners Eugene O'Neill on critics I love every bone in their The Writer s Chapbook is a delightful book composed of uotes from great writers of the 20th century culled from The Paris Review about on topics such as work habits style criticism and the writer s life I particularly enjoyed the portraits section with writers offering their thoughts about other writers usually based on relationships or meetings I gained additional insights on how these people related to others and to each other George Plimpton one of the founders of The Paris Review wrote the introduction This is a book that can be read in several sittings or like me over a period of several months since it s arranged in such a way that you can easily pick up where you left off and hardly lose a beat As a writer I found the book to be informative about how writers of every genre approach their work I believe readers will also find the book to be enlightening and entertaining as it delves into all aspects of the craft


10 thoughts on “The Writer's Chapbook A Compendium of Fact Opinion Wit and Advice from the Twentieth Century's Preeminent Writers

  1. says:

    A collection of uotes from mostly famous writers The uotes are organized by themes in about 40 sections ranging from “On Work Habits” and “On Character” to “On Short Stories” and “On Peers” The larger organization o

  2. says:

    I'm not a fan of inspirational uote books and the out of context one liners zipping around social media drive me

  3. says:

    The book is a collection of observations about writing from some well known writers The writers are all over the map in a good sense My favorite uotes from various authors• “circling the typewriter getting ready to write”• “poetry is a language within a language” • “The first discipline in poetry

  4. says:

    The Writer's Chapbook is a delightful book composed of uotes from great writers of the 20th century culled from The Paris Review about on topics such as work habits style criticism and the writer's life I particularly enjoyed the portraits section with writers offering their thoughts about other writers usually based on relationships or meetings I gained additional insights on how these people related to others and to each other G

  5. says:

    Exactly what it says it is a compendium What do you get when you listen to a slew of writers voicing their opinions on a variety of

  6. says:

    A book to read while you are reading other books not to mention writing if you happen to have that habit All taken from Paris Review interviews these short to longish uotes answering uestions about aspects of the writer's life craft thoughts

  7. says:

    who can argue with tenessee williams eudora welty f oconnor k a porter truman capote hemingway about what it mean

  8. says:

    It took me forever to read it just because the short segments made it easy to put down in favor of oh say a novel But it is a delightful compilation so because it was published in 1989 so there are writers included that have faded others that

  9. says:

    I will be eternally grateful to my beloved father Sam Winograd for giving me this book of uotes anecdotes and reflections from writers on writing I like this uote from writer John Irving A writer is a vehicle I feel the story I am w

  10. says:

    Every novelist and poet should read this book In the dark of night when you're sure it's all junk and you're feeling like an idiot and insane fo

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