The Joy Of Writing Sex
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The Joy Of Writing Sex

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by Elizabeth Benedict
     
 

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Twelve years after it was first published, The Joy of Writing Sex remains the classic writer's resource on creating compelling sex scenes. Elizabeth Benedict covers all the issues, from the first time, to married sex and adultery, to sex in the age of AIDS.

Her instruction, supported with examples from the works of today's most respected writers—among

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Twelve years after it was first published, The Joy of Writing Sex remains the classic writer's resource on creating compelling sex scenes. Elizabeth Benedict covers all the issues, from the first time, to married sex and adultery, to sex in the age of AIDS.

Her instruction, supported with examples from the works of today's most respected writers—among them, Dorothy Allison, Russell Banks, Alan Hollinghurst, Joyce Carol Oates, Carol Shields, and John Updike—focuses on crafting believable sex scenes that hinge on freshness of character, dialogue, mood, and plot.

In this revised edition, Benedict addresses the latest sexual revolution, intimacy on the Internet; adds new interviews with Edmund White, Darren Strauss, Stephen McCauley, and other writers; and updates her selections to include examples from the best fiction of the past few years.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Skillfully balanced between a primer for the M.F.A. crowd and a smart essay for the literary generalist...The Joy of Writing Sex proves again that when it comes to books, quality is what counts.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Here is clearly the most enterprising how-to book of our era...sane and straightforward and-he said bashfully-very interesting.” —Scott Turow

“The definitive book on writing sex in fiction that is a wonderful and handy compendium of how to write-and have fun with-sex” —Carolyn See

Library Journal
Novelist Benedict (Safe Conduct, Farrar, 1993), currently on the faculty of Princeton University's Creative Writing Program, has written a book for fiction writers who would like to write better sex scenes. She is not concerned with pornography but with using sex as an element of plot to carry the story forward. The author quotes from many writers whom she interviewed to illustrate her points, from Sandra Cisneros on the young girl who lost her virginity at 12 in Woman Hollering Creek to Carol Shields on sex between long-married couples in Stone Diaries to Allen Barnett in a chapter on sex in the age of AIDS. Benedict's focus is on writing good sex scenes, which don't rely on clinical sex but rather on character, dialog, and plot. Well done; recommended for writing collections.-Lisa J. Cihlar, Winfield P.L., Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805069938
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2002
Edition description:
Revised and Updated
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
820,213
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Benedict is the author of five novels, including Slow Dancing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the national bestseller, Almost. She writes nonfiction for many publications, including The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Allure, Tin House, and Daedalus. She has taught writing at Princeton University, the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, Barnard, and MIT, and lives in New York City.

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