How Fiction Works

How Fiction Works

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What makes a story a story? What is style? What's the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widely--from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings--Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374173401
0374173400
Branch Call Number: 808.3 W85052h 2008
Characteristics: xvi, 265 p. ; 20 cm

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danulb
Oct 26, 2014

One of the best books I've read on fiction. This is the third time I'm reading this book. Also, highly recommend his other nonfiction books.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 11, 2014

There has been a quiet and gradual collapse of literary culture, which leaves very few prominent critics in our society (Harold Bloom stands out). Gone are the days when Edmund Wilson and Lionel Trilling could set taste and be public intellectuals. New Yorker book critics is probably one of the last of this breed. "How Fiction Works" operates as an entertaining, if high-brow, crash course in the mechanics of fiction, from characterization to dialogue to prose style. It can get a bit technical, but it's certainly valuable and informative for those with a lit background.

ser_library Dec 30, 2013

readers and aspiring writers will enjoy the examples and the theory

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