On Writers and Writing

About Writers and Writing

The Nolan Valley is impressed by her conclusions. This is a brilliant, ambitious and insightful study of the art of writing by the legendary Margaret Atwood. So what do we mean when we say someone's a writer? Movies about writers often give me an extra boost of inspiration and motivation. Writing The Other Shore, Jackson deals with the complex world of writing and the writers.

About John Gardner's writings and writings

A good, if not impudent debate about writing fiction: "Sophie' s Voice, as I have hopefully already made clear, is a superbly composed, exciting novel, a philosophic novel about the most important theme of the 20th cent. For me, if it is not a literature treasure, it is because Styron, in translating the shape of the South Gothic to this much greater theme, was not in a position to get away from or even perceptibly weaken these virtues - some shallow, some profound, some profound, if not even spiteful discussions about the writing of fiction:

"Sophie' s Voice, as I have hopefully already made clear, is a superbly composed, exciting novel, a philosophic novel about the most important theme of the 20th cent. For me it is not a masterpieces of literature, it is because Styron, in translating the shape of the South Gothic to this much greater theme, was not able to get away from or even considerably weaken these virtues - some on the surface, some deeply in the South Gothic, which have always driven the Yankees mad" (161).Hmmm.

What makes Styron want to weaken her? But often good writers with powerful views have a right to them, because they may know more than the others. He dates a little by reviewing the modern notion of his times, most of which are more or less pertinent today, which unfortunately also applies to John Gardner's own serious notion.

Suggested for those who practise the art of writing or for those who, like me, need more instruments to delve more deeply into serious myth. Well, I suppose living in ivory Towers or Flavescent Tower might be useful for learning review. John Gardner's literature and his instruction handbooks are both pleasing to me.

I felt sick about myself and my literary work.

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