Girl in a Library: On Women Writers and the Writing Life

Girl in a Library: On Women Writers and the Writing Life

by Kelly Cherry
     
 


Literary Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. Women's Studies. "Poet, memoirist, fiction writer, and critic Cherry has assembled a lissome and winning retrospective collection of essays on writing, reading, and life," writes Donna Seaman in her starred Booklist review. "Piquant essays on family history and her coming-of-age are deepened by reflections on beauty, art,… See more details below

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Literary Nonfiction. Literary Criticism. Women's Studies. "Poet, memoirist, fiction writer, and critic Cherry has assembled a lissome and winning retrospective collection of essays on writing, reading, and life," writes Donna Seaman in her starred Booklist review. "Piquant essays on family history and her coming-of-age are deepened by reflections on beauty, art, and vocation. In fresh and inquiring portraits of exceptional southern women writers--Eudora Welty, Elizabeth Hardwick, Mary Ward Brown, Bobbie Ann Mason--Cherry explores the nature of a literary life." Library Journal writes, "Cherry explores the craft of writing, tracing her own development from rebellious college student to award-winning author of 19 books... Cherry's story will prove inspirational to aspiring writers as will her critical essays."

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Library Journal
In this essay collection, Cherry explores the craft of writing, tracing her own development from rebellious college student to award-winning author of 19 books of poetry, fiction, short fiction, and criticism. She discusses her early life in Ithaca, NY, as the child of struggling musicians busy trying to survive and with little time for parenting. She was kicked out of college twice, but over the years she wrote—and then, receiving little encouragement, quit. Finally, she entered the writing program at the University of North Carolina and achieved success. Cherry's story will prove inspirational to aspiring writers as will her critical essays of works by such writers as Mary Ward Brown, Elizabeth Hardwick, Ann Tyler, and Bobbie Ann Mason. VERDICT Cherry's penetrating views on what it takes to be a writer and what makes for successful writing are thoughtfully explained and illustrated. Her book will appeal to creative writing students and others interested in the field.—Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886157668
Publisher:
BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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