The Writer's Desk

The Writer's Desk

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by Jill Krementz
     
 

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In lavish duotone photographs, Jill Krementz's The Writer's Desk provides an insider's view of the working lives of some of the world's most prominent authors. Accompanying each photograph is the writer's own commentary on the creative process or musings on individual work habits and habitats. This is a book for anyone and everyone who loves to read.  See more details below

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In lavish duotone photographs, Jill Krementz's The Writer's Desk provides an insider's view of the working lives of some of the world's most prominent authors. Accompanying each photograph is the writer's own commentary on the creative process or musings on individual work habits and habitats. This is a book for anyone and everyone who loves to read.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The photographer who brought you the "Very Young" series (e.g., A Very Young Dancer) reveals that where writers write can be as interesting as what results.
School Library Journal
YAStudents of creative writing will find validation in this peek at the work spaces of famous writers and the spare but telling comments about their writing regimes. Writers of fiction and nonfiction, living and dead, mainly from the U.S. and Europe, form an eclectic mix. Some are familiar contemporary figures such a Amy Tan, Stephen King, and Joyce Carol Oates; others are from an older generation and include Archibald MacLeish, Dorothy West, and Ralph Ellison. Krementz has captured the 57 writers at work in evocative black-and-white photos. Each entry includes a short text by the subject describing how he or she creates or created. These routines are enlightening in their rich variety. Some writers follow strict schedules and allow no interruptions; others have no plan, often seemingly wasting time until the creative urge takes over. Every manner of dress (from pajamas to jacket and tie), position (from sitting on top of a desk to reclining with a lap-top in bed), and environment (from a cluttered office to the rustic cabin) is described. Readers' curiosity may well be piqued by these insightful tidbits and result in further research on an unfamiliar author. An introduction by John Updike includes an interesting description of how he uses his three desks as well as an unnecessary elaboration of the book's contents.Jackie Gropman, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679450146
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/09/1996
Pages:
111
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.59(d)

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When I was seven, I said to my mother, may I close my door? And she said, yes, but why do you want to close your door? And I said because I want to think. And when I was eleven, I said to my mother, May I lock my door? And she said yes, but why do you want to lock your door? And I said because I want to write.

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The Writer's Desk 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BKRichardson More than 1 year ago
What a fine look into the lives and desks of writers! I am savoring every page.