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How to Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey Into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers

Richard Cohen
Format
Book
Published
New York : Random House, 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780812998306, 0812998308, 9780812998313
Summary
Cohen has researched the published works and private utterances of our greatest authors to discover the elements that made their prose memorable. Evoking the marvelous, the famous, and the irreverent, he reveals the challenges that even the greatest writers faced--and how they surmounted them.
Contents
  • Grab, invite, beguile: beginnings
  • Circular ruins: creating character
  • Stolen words: three forms of plagiarism
  • The trick of it: points of view
  • Says you: the art and craft of dialogue
  • Secret trapdoors: the power of irony
  • Grabbing fiction by the tale
  • Waves in the mind: rhythm in prose-writing
  • "Just like Zorro": writing about sex
  • Vision and re-vision (part 1)
  • Vision and re-vision (part 2)
  • The sense of an ending.
Description
xx, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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