The Art of Fiction

The Art of Fiction : Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 18mm | 199.58g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliog , index
  • 0140174923
  • 9780140174922
  • 35,965

About David Lodge

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 more

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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)show more

Table of contents

The Art of Fiction - David Lodge Preface 1. Beginning (Jane Austen, Ford Madox Ford) 2. The Intrusive Author (George Eliot, E. M. Forster) 3. Suspense (Thomas Hardy) 4. Teenage Skaz (J.D. Salinger) 5. The Epistolary Novel (Michael Frayn) 6. Point of View (Henry James) 7. Mystery (Rudyard Kipling) 8. Names (David Lodge, Paul Auster) 9. The Stream of Consciousness (Virginia Woolf) 10. Interior Monologue (James Joyce) 11. Defamiliarization (Charlotte Brontë 12. The Sense of Place (Martin Amis) 13. Lists (F. Scott Fitzgerald) 14. Introducing a Character (Christopher Isherwood) 15. Surprise (William Makepeace Thackeray) 16. Time-Shift (Muriel Spark) 17. The Reader in the Text (Laurence Sterne) 18. Weather (Jane Austen, Charles Dickens) 19. Repetition (Ernest Hemingway) 20. Fancy Prose (Vladimir Nabokov) 21. Intertextuality (Joseph Conrad) 22. The Experimental Novel (Henry Green) 23. The Comic Novel (Kingsley Amis) 24. Magic Realism (Milan Kundera) 25. Staying on the Surface (Malcolm Bradbury) 26. Showing and Telling (Henry Fielding) 27. Telling in Different Voices (Fay Weldon) 28. A Sense of the Past (John Fowles) 29. Imagining the Future (George Orwell) 30. Symbolism (D. H. Lawrence) 31. Allegory (Samuel Butler) 32. Epiphany (John Updike) 33. Coincidence (Henry James) 34. The Unreliable Narrator (Kazuo Ishiguro) 35. The Exotic (Graham Greene) 36. Chapters etc. (Tobias Smollett, Laurence Sterne, Sir Walter Scott, George Eliot, James Joyce) 37. The Telephone (Evelyn Waugh) 38. Surrealism (Leonora Carrington) 39. Irony (Arnold Bennett) 40. Motivation (George Eliot) 41. Duration (Donald Barthelme) 42. Implication (William Cooper) 43. The Title (George Gissing) 44. Ideas (Anthony Burgess) 45. The Non-Fiction Novel (Thomas Carlyle) 46. Metafiction (John Barth) 47. The Uncanny (Edgar Allan Poe) 48. Narrative Structure (Leonard Michaels) 49. Aporia (Samuel Beckett) 50. Ending (Jane Austen, William Golding) Bibliography of primary sources Index of Namesshow more