The Spirit of Writing: Classic and Contemporary Essays Celebrating the Writing Life

The Spirit of Writing: Classic and Contemporary Essays Celebrating the Writing Life

by Mark Robert Waldman
     
 

In The Spirit of Writing, renowned authors reflect on the joys and frustrations of the writing life. With contributions from such celebrated writers as Mark Twain, Anais Nin, Annie Dillard, and Stephen King, this unique anthology offers a rare glimpse into the inner world of the writer.

Here is a wealth of insight on matters both practical and emotional: from Janet

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In The Spirit of Writing, renowned authors reflect on the joys and frustrations of the writing life. With contributions from such celebrated writers as Mark Twain, Anais Nin, Annie Dillard, and Stephen King, this unique anthology offers a rare glimpse into the inner world of the writer.

Here is a wealth of insight on matters both practical and emotional: from Janet Fitch on how she kept her creativity alive before her novel won Oprah's seal of approval, to Anne Lamott on the difficulty of first drafts, to Octavio Paz on the mystery and language of words. Mark Robert Waldman has gathered sixty essays that reveal the daily struggles -- and rewards -- that novelists, journalists, poets, and other writers face. These elegant meditations offer comfort and inspiration for the countless people for whom writing is a way of life.

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Publishers Weekly
Therapist, writer and creativity expert Mark Waldman (Love Games) offers The Spirit of Writing: Classic and Contemporary Essays Celebrating the Writing Life, including five dozen pieces by luminaries like Joseph Conrad, Erica Jong, Sylvia Plath, Henry Miller and Octavio Paz. In "Man Eats Car," Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) declares, "Writing is everything, unconditional.... If you think big enough to let people eat cars, you will be able to see that ants are elephants and men are women." Pierre Joris (Poasis) poeticizes the "interface between language and the world": "it becomes clear that this letter fell off on its own accord somehow & that it is in the gap between mother-tongue/other-tongue that I am written. This gap, this emptiness, is liable to take my breath away." This anthology will provide writers of all stripes with guidance and inspiration for their psyche and their craft. (Aug. 27) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
This collection of essays explores the inner lives of writers, giving a glimpse into the creative mind. A therapist specializing in the creative process, Waldman has chosen essays from such well-known authors as Mark Twain, Sylvia Plath, Annie Dillard, Erica Jong, and Joseph Conrad, along with others published here for the first time. These essayists discuss their challenges and triumphs, recall cherished memories, and offer advice to beginners. Author and artist Laura Cerwinske talks about how writing helped her out of depression, Anne Lamott explains how she moves beyond her terrible first drafts, and Gail Godwin learns to overcome her inner critic, the Watcher, who appears every time she sits down to compose. While books about writers and the creative process abound, this collection stands out because of the large and varied number of artists represented and the secrets they reveal about how and why they write. The book will be invaluable for those who aspire to write as well as for all who love language and reading. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781585421275
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/23/2001
Series:
New Consciousness Reader Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.90(d)

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