Encounters with Authors

Encounters with Authors

by Dale Andrew White


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ISBN-13: 9781492296515
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/10/2013
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

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Encounters with Authors 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a reader - and a published author - I'm fascinated with the minds behind the stories that I read. When something I'm reading really clicks with me, I get curious about the author of it, what made them tick, what inspired them to write this tale. This book is just the thing to satisfy that curiosity. Most of the authors profiled are less recent writers (no Anne Rice or John Grisham), with the exception of greats like Shakespeare and Agatha Christie, but they all come to life, in all their foibles, their strengths and weaknesses, as very human. Very creative humans, indeed, but humans nonetheless. Richard Adams (he of Watership Down and Shardik fame) and the two very different takes on William Shakespeare (one from a scholar who delves into the questions behind Shakespeare's identity, the other from the great actor Sir Derek Jacobi) stood out the most for me, but all of these interviews sparked for me on some level
TheBookRecluse More than 1 year ago
Encounters with Authors by Dale Andrew White is a unique and intriguing book to read. It is a collection of twenty interviews that were conducted by White around 1980; however, the book itself was published over thirty years later. All the writers included in this collection are older, most have passed on before this book was published. Getting to read interviews of authors who have now moved on is the biggest appeal of this book. It is a way to know them outside of their novel, something that we will no longer have the chance to do firsthand. Most interviews are approximately five pages long. White always includes an antidote about the author, a way of seeing the author from Whites perspective. Most also include a question and answer portion as well. In the case of Agatha Christie, who had already passed on, White interviewed someone who worked closely with her theater productions. It is no surprise that authors are real human beings, with faults and virtues. However, it is interesting to see their personalities and how they match (or do not match) with their works. There is also a wide variety of authors who are included in the interviews. You may even find someone new to read.
Christina_Ortega_Phillips More than 1 year ago
Encounters with Authors by Dale Andrew White is an entertaining non-fiction book. It is 172 pages in length and contains twenty interviews with writers and articles about writers. The writers are all from different genres such as drama, mystery, and literary, to name a few and from different time periods. The book is divided into eight parts, including “Writers in Torment,” “Realms of Fantasy,” “Pop Goes the Fiction,” “The Poet’s Voice,” and four others. Each of these chapters focuses on at least two different writers of the genre. As a writer, I enjoy reading more about writers’ inspiration and their own unique take on the craft of writing. Harry Crews’ work, for example, was shaped by his life in Bacon County, Georgia and even as he was older, “At 44, he continues...to dig into and dwell in the memories that patterned his life. Those memories shape his work also.” I enjoyed reading about authors that I like and knew of (B.F. Skinner and Tennessee Williams). Although there were many authors that I knew little to nothing about, such as Alain Robbe-Grillet and Andre Norton, it was enjoyable to learn about them. I enjoyed the fact that I could read a piece on one writer and put it down, leaving another piece of the book to be read at my leisure. That is part of the appeal of a non-fiction book like this; you needn’t worry about forgetting the story line if you have to put the book down for a while. This book in particular was a well-written blend of White’s own thoughts, interviews with the authors, and research to give further insights into the authors and their writings. My one complaint about the book is that I was not very familiar with a majority of the authors that were featured. The authors were interviewed around the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, so that is a bit before my time. There is nothing wrong with this, but I would have been even more interested in this novel if I knew the writers included. I would recommend this book for readers who want to learn more about authors, especially those covered in this book and I would recommend this book for writers, too. I would rate this book a solid 3 out of 5. However, because of this book, I now have new authors to go out and read.
CrossroadReviews More than 1 year ago
This book Encounters with Authors by Dale Andrew White is a collection of about twenty different articles and interviews with authors from around the late 1970’s to the the early 1980’s. The authors range from a large group of topics (poets to popular fiction) which really makes this book an overall treasure trove of information. I really enjoyed how it wasn’t just about one type of book but many. The really interesting thing about this book is that at the end of each work there is an update about that person. I am one that die hard loves epilogues in my stories so this was a nice find. I love knowing what the person or characters in a story are up to after the main story itself ends. I could see this as a work that is updated each year with authors that have either just passed or are well into their career. It would be interesting to get to know each one. I could see this book come in handy for a college lit class as well as others of its kind. If you are looking for a reason to check out other author’s works this is a great place to start. I found myself wanting to know more about some of the authors works and have since then grabbed them from the library.