The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts

The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts

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By (author) David Lodge

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 18mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1994
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140174923
  • ISBN 13: 9780140174922
  • Illustrations note: bibliog , index
  • Sales rank: 25,558

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"The Art of Fiction" is essential, thoroughly entertaining reading for writers, students and anyone who wants to understand how literature works. The articles by David Lodge, which first appeared in the "Independent on Sunday", are expanded here and consider the subject under a wide range of headings such as 'The Intrusive Author', 'Suspense' and 'Magic Realism'. Styles and techniques are illustrated in each case by passages from classic or modern fiction. Drawing on writers as diverse as Henry James and Martin Amis, Jane Austen and Fay Weldon and Henry Fielding and James Joyce, Lodge also demonstrates the richness and variety of British and American fiction.

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David Lodge has written many bestselling novels, including THINKS and NICE WORK. His books have sold well over a million copies in Penguin. Formerly Professor of English at Birmingham University, he now writes full-time. He continues to live in Birmingham.

Editorial reviews

Based on a series of articles written for the Independent on Sunday, this is an entertaining and enlightening collection of some 50 short essays on the technical devices of fiction and how writers use them, under such headings as Suspense, Sense of Place, and Symbolism. Each topic is illustrated with a short excerpt from a classic or modern work, from Sterne and Dickens to Fay Weldon and Martin Amis. Lodge uses his insider's knowledge, as an award-winning novelist as well as a teacher and critic, to reveal the tricks of the trade to readers and aspiring writers. (Kirkus UK)