On Writers & Writing

On Writers & Writing

by John Gardner, Stewart O'Nan

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Overview

John Gardner’s essential collection encompassing the fundamentals of fiction writing

In this posthumously published collection of his essays and reviews, acclaimed novelist John Gardner discusses the craft of fiction writing, taking to task some of his best-known contemporaries in the process. Gardner criticizes some for writing disingenuous fiction, and commends others who produce literature that acts as a life-affirming force. He offers insights into and exacting critiques on such writers as Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Saul Bellow, and John Cheever, while addressing his personal influences and delivering broad-ranging observations on literary culture. 
Provocative and poignant, On Writers & Writing is a must-read for both aspiring writers and careful readers of American literature.
This ebook features a new illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453203545
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 847,146
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels GrendelThe Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson.


John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson.

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
"Bartleby": Art and Social Commitment1
An Invective Against Mere Fiction13
More Smog from the Dark Satanic Mills35
Witchcraft in Bullet Park55
Alice in Wonderland60
The Breast65
The Way We Write Now70
Saint Walt78
The Adventurer86
Beyond the Bedroom Wall90
Amber (Get) Waves (Your) of (Plastic) Grain (Uncle Sam)95
JR101
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights112
Lancelot119
Falconer124
The Castle of Crossed Destinies130
Daniel Martin134
The Silmarillion140
The Stories of John Cheever145
Dubin's Lives149
Sophie's Choice154
A Writer's View of Contemporary American Fiction163
Bellefleur199
Italian Folktales205
Fiction in MSS212
What Writers Do216
Cartoons228
Julius Caesar and the Werewolf237
General Plan for The Sunlight Dialogues258
Index289

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