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How Fiction Works

How Fiction Works

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By (author) James Wood

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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 265 pages
  • Dimensions: 117mm x 180mm x 25mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 21 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312428472
  • ISBN 13: 9780312428471
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 49,647

Product description

Wood takes aim at E.M. Forster's longtime standard-bearer Aspects of the Novel, in this eminently readable and thought-provoking treatise on the ways, whys, and hows of writing and reading fiction.

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Author information

JAMES WOOD is a staff writer at "The New Yorker "and a visiting lecturer at Harvard. He is the author of two essay collections, "The Broken Estate "and "The Irresponsible Self," and a novel, "The Book Against God."

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""How Fiction Works" should delight and enlighten practicing novelists, would-be novelists, and all passionate readers of fiction. . . . Enchanting."-"-The Economist ""Wood's enthusiasm is glorious . . . a delight. . . . The pleasure in this book lies in watching Wood read."--"Time ""An articulate reminder of the framework that is essential to constructing a lasting work of the imagination."--"The Miami Herald ""Wood is among the few contemporary writers of great consequence. . . . Reading Wood, no matter the book under review, provides enormous pleasure."--"Los Angeles Times ""A fiercely committed critic and consummate stylist."--John Banville, "The New York Review of Books""A perceptive and graceful essay which almost anybody who's interested in books could read . . . Well worth reading."--"The Sunday Times "(UK)