On Writing

On Writing

by Jorge Luis Borges
     
 

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Borges' On Writing is designed to offer a comprehensive and balanced account of the evolution of Borges' thinking on the craft of writing, an intense and perennial concern of his. Borges had a remarkable impact on writers in the USA, Britain, Italy, France and many other countries. His essays were perceived to have anticipated some of the principal topics of

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Borges' On Writing is designed to offer a comprehensive and balanced account of the evolution of Borges' thinking on the craft of writing, an intense and perennial concern of his. Borges had a remarkable impact on writers in the USA, Britain, Italy, France and many other countries. His essays were perceived to have anticipated some of the principal topics of modern literary theory, from Russian formalism through to poststructuralism and postmodernism.

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Translator-editor Levine has distilled the critical writings of one of the 20th century's most distinguished men of letters into a serious treatise on style and the power of words. Included are essays written in the 1920s, the 1980s, and every decade between, providing a mirror that reflects not only Borges's artistic evolution, but much of the century. Broken into seven sections, the slim volume begins with a collective manifesto on aesthetics written when Borges was just 22, revealing a young writer already in serious contemplation of the artistic philosophies that would define his life: "Two aesthetics exist: the passive aesthetic of mirrors and the active aesthetic of prisms." He goes on to discuss literary pleasures found in English, French, Irish, and American writing; the '20s found him occupied with Joyce and the mythic fiction of Turkestan; the '30s with Woolf, Eliot, Valéry, and Faulkner. He gives serious consideration to the often-dismissed detective story, highlighting Poe, Adolfo Casares, and Ellery Queen. Many of the essays included were written in the '20s, when Borges was still a young writer working hard to establish his place in the literary community.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143105725
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/29/2010
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
653,153
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jorges Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899 and educated in Europe. One of the most widely acclaimed writers of our time, he published many collections of poems, essays and short stories, before his death in Geneva in June 1986. In 1961 Borges shared the International Publishers' Prize with Samuel Beckett. The Ingram Merrill Foundation granted him its Annual Literary Award in 1966 for his "outstanding contribution to literature." In 1971 Columbia University awarded him the first of many degrees of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa that he was to receive from the English-speaking world. In 1971 he received the fifth biennial Jerusalem Prize and in 1973 was given the Alfonso Reyes Prize, one of Mexico's most prestigious cultural awards. In 1980 he shared the Cervantes Prize (the Spanish world's highest literary accolade) with Gerardo Diego. Borges was Director of the Argentine National Library from 1955 until 1973. In a tribute to Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa wrote: "His is a world of clear, pure, and at the same time unusual ideas...expressed in words of great directness and restraint. [He] was a superb storyteller. One reads most of Borges' tales with the hypnotic interest usually reserved for reading detective fiction..."

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
August 24, 1899
Date of Death:
June 14, 1986
Place of Birth:
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Place of Death:
Geneva, Switzerland
Education:
B.A., Collège Calvin de Genève, 1914

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