Passion and Craft

Passion and Craft : Conversations with Notable Writers

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The twelve contemporary fiction writers interviewed in Passion and Craft go beyond the usual chatting about career and technique, beyond the merely autobiographical. Readers will discover many personal and artistic differences: T. Coraghessan Boyle's self-aware hipness, Andre Dubus's spiritual strength in the face of physical disability. Rick Bass's commitment to environmental concerns. Richard Ford, a recent winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN-Faulkner Award, describes how he takes control over his own material; and, in one of the few lengthy interviews she has ever granted, Gina Berriault, the 1997 winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award, speaks movingly about the "gaps and silences" in a woman writer's more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 153.2 x 229.1 x 16.8mm | 368.26g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252066871
  • 9780252066870

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"The interviews reveal not only the personalities of authors, but also their approaches to writing fiction, poetry, and memoir, and their struggles to achieve with their pen what they envision in their hearts and heads." -- April Leo, The Bloomsbury Reviewshow more

Table of contents

Richard Ford : important acts -- Bobbie Ann Mason : quiet rebellions -- T. Coraghessan Boyle : entertainments and provocations -- Gina Berriault : "Don't I know you?" -- Rick Bass : out of boundaries -- Leonard Michaels : the lyric impulse -- ChristopherTilghman : grappling with the holy mysteries -- Thom Jones : a way of feeling better -- Julia Alvarez : "A clean windshield" -- Andre Dubus : "Passion is better" -- Jayne Anne Phillips : the mystery of language -- Tobias Wolff : citizens and more

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