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How to Write Like Tolstoy

How to Write Like Tolstoy
A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers

by Richard Cohen

  • Publisher : Oneworld Publications
  • Release : 2016-09-01
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1786070227
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For anyone who has ever identified with a character from fiction, been seduced by a first sentence or been profoundly moved by a story’s end, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a wonderful and illuminating journey into the minds and imaginations of the world’s greatest writers. What made Nabokov choose the name Lolita? Why did Fitzgerald tell The Great Gatsby in the first person? How did Kerouac, who raged against revision, finally come to revise On the Road? Why did Martin Amis give up on writing about sex? Veteran editor Richard Cohen draws on a vast and eclectic reservoir of knowledge to reveal what makes good prose soar. From plot and character development to dialogue and point of view, the motivations, obsessions, tricks and talents of a host of great novelists are brought to the fore, their published works mined and private beliefs unearthed. There’s the nature of originality as plagiarism is discussed, and a weighing of the odds when trying to write about physical intimacies. And how to begin…Or end? From first page to last, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a unique exploration of the act and art of writing, one which enriches our experience of reading both the

How to Write Like Tolstoy

How to Write Like Tolstoy
A Journey Into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers

by Richard Cohen

  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Release : 2021-05-04
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 081298773X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For anyone who has ever identified with a hero or heroine, been seduced by a strong opening sentence, or been powerfully moved by a story's end, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a thought-provoking journey inside the minds of the world's most accomplished storytellers, from Shakespeare to Stephen King. "I have tried, as far as possible using the words of the authors themselves, to explain their craft, aiming to take readers on a journey into the concerns, techniques, tricks, flaws, and, occasionally, obsessions of our most luminous writers."--from the Preface Behind every acclaimed work of literature is a trove of heartfelt decisions. The best authors put painstaking--sometimes obsessive--effort into each element of their stories, from plot and character development to dialogue and point of view. What made Nabokov choose the name Lolita? Why did Fitzgerald use first-person narration in The Great Gatsby? How did Kerouac, who raged against revision, finally come to revise On the Road? Veteran editor and teacher Richard Cohen draws on his vast reservoir of a lifetime's reading and his insight into what makes good prose soar. Here are Gabriel García Márquez's thoughts on how to start a novel ("In the first paragraph you solve most of the problems with your book"); Virginia Woolf offering her definition of style ("It is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can't use the wrong words"); and Vladimir Nabokov on the nature of fiction ("All great novels are great fairy tales"). Cohen has researched the published works and private utterances of our greatest authors to discover the elements that made their prose memorable. The result is a unique exploration of the act and art of writing that enriches our experience of reading both the classics and the best modern fiction. Evoking the marvelous, the famous, and the irreverent, he reveals the challenges that even the greatest writers faced--and shows us how they surmounted them. Praise for How to Write Like Tolstoy "The highest compliment one can pay How to Write Like Tolstoy is that it provokes an overwhelming urge to read and write, to be in dialogue or even doomed competition with the greatest creative minds . . . . That Mr. Cohen is an editor, that his love of literature comes in large part from awe in the presence of better writers than he, is no small matter. His love is infectious, and regardless of how well he ends up teaching us to write, that is miracle enough."--Wall Street Journal "[A] perfect tasting menu . . . the homage of a passionate reader to the writers who have provided his 'main pastime.' "--The Sunday Times (U.K.) "This book is a wry, critical friend to both writer and reader. It is filled with cogent examples and provoking statements. You will agree or quarrel with each page, and be a sharper writer and reader by the end."--Hilary Mantel "These twelve essays are like twelve perfect university lectures on the craft of writing fiction. The professor--or, in this case, author--succeeds in being not only knowledgeable but also interesting, charming, and engaging."--Library Journal (starred review) "Insightful . . . [Cohen] escorts his readers to Iris Murdoch for sage counsel on launching a novel, to Salman Rushdie for shrewd guidance on developing an unreliable narrator, to Rudyard Kipling for a cagey hint on creating memorable minor characters, and to Leo Tolstoy for a master's help in transforming personal experience into fictional art."--Booklist

Revolution and Non-Violence in Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Mandela

Revolution and Non-Violence in Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Mandela
A Book

by Imraan Coovadia

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020-07-20
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0198863691
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The dangers of political violence and the possibilities of non-violence were the central themes of three lives which changed the twentieth century - Leo Tolstoy, writer and aristocrat who turned against his class, Mohandas Gandhi who corresponded with Tolstoy and considered him the mostimportant person of the time, and Nelson Mandela, prisoner and statesman, who read War and Peace on Robben Island and who, despite having led a campaign of sabotage, saw himself as a successor to Gandhi.Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Mandela tried to create transformed societies to replace the dying forms of colony and empire. They found the inequalities of Russia, India, and South Africa intolerable yet they questioned the wisdom of seizing the power of the state, creating new kinds of politicalorganisation and imagination to replace the old promises of revolution. Their views, along with their ways of leading others, are closely connected, from their insistence on working with their own hands and reforming their individual selves to their acceptance of death. On three continents, in acentury of mass mobilization and conflict, they promoted strains of nationalism devoid of antagonism, prepared to take part in a general peace.Looking at Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Mandela in sequence, taking into account their letters and conversations as well as the institutions they created or subverted, placing at the centre their treatment of the primal fantasy of political violence, this volume reveals a vital radical tradition whichstands outside the conventional categories of twentieth-century history and politics.

The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer

The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer
Everything You Need to Know About Craft, Inspiration, Agents, Editors, Publishing, and the Business of Building a Sustainable Writing Career

by Kevin Larimer,Mary Gannon

  • Publisher : Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
  • Release : 2020-04-07
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 1982123079
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The definitive source of information, insight, and advice for creative writers, from the nation’s largest and most trusted organization for writers, Poets & Writers. For half a century, writers at every stage of their careers have turned to the literary nonprofit organization Poets & Writers and its award-winning magazine for resources to foster their professional development, from writing prompts and tips on technique to informative interviews with published authors, literary agents, and editors. But never before has Poets & Writers marshaled its fifty years’ worth of knowledge to create an authoritative guide for writers that answers every imaginable question about craft and career—until now. Here is the writing bible for authors of all genres and forms, covering topics such as how to: -Harness your imagination and jump-start your creativity -Develop your work from initial idea to final draft -Find a supportive and inspiring writing community to sustain your career -Find the best MFA program for you -Publish your work in literary magazines and develop a platform -Research writing contests and other opportunities to support your writing life -Decide between traditional publishing and self-publishing -Find the right literary agent -Anticipate what agents look for in queries and proposals -Work successfully with an editor and your publishing team -Market yourself and your work in a digital world -Approach financial planning and taxes as a writer -And much more Written by Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon, the two most recent editors of Poets & Writers Magazine, this book brings an unrivaled understanding of the areas in which writers seek guidance and support. Filled with insider information like sample query letters, pitch letters, lists of resources, and worksheets for calculating freelance rates, tracking submissions, and managing your taxes, the guide does more than demystify the writing life—it also provides an array of powerful tools for building a sustainable career as a writer. In addition to the wealth of insights into creativity, publishing, and promotion are first-person essays from bestselling authors, including George Saunders, Christina Baker Kline, and Ocean Vuong, as well as reading lists from award-winning writers such as Anthony Doerr, Cheryl Strayed, and Natalie Diaz. Here, at last, is the ultimate comprehensive resource that belongs on every writer’s desk.

Leo Tolstoy and Our Time

Leo Tolstoy and Our Time
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1982
  • Pages : 171
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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So Far, So Good

So Far, So Good
Recollections of a Life in Publishing

by Edwin Seaver

  • Publisher : Lawrence Hill Books
  • Release : 1986
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The author shares reminiscences of his parents, his childhood, and his experiences during a long career in the publishing industry

Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace
A Book

by Sir William Golding,Sterling Professor of Humanities Harold Bloom

  • Publisher : Chelsea House
  • Release : 1988
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A collection of seven critical essays discussing Tolstoy's novel, arranged in chronological order of their original publication.

War and Peace

War and Peace
A Book

by Leo Tolstoy

  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release : 2010-10-14
  • Pages : 1392
  • ISBN : 0191624632
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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I don't understand it; I don't in the least understand why men can't live without wars. How is it that we women don't want anything of the kind, don't need it? Tolstoy's epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the French invasion of Russia. The fortunes of the Rostovs and the Bolkonskys, of Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, are intimately connected with the national history that is played out in parallel with their lives. Balls and soirées alternate with councils of war and the machinations of statesmen and generals, scenes of violent battles with everyday human passions in a work whose extraordinary imaginative power has never been surpassed. The prodigious cast of characters, both great and small, seem to act and move as if connected by threads of destiny as the novel relentlessly questions ideas of free will, fate, and providence. Yet Tolstoy's portrayal of marital relations and scenes of domesticity is as truthful and poignant as the grand themes that underlie them. In this definitive and highly acclaimed Maude translation, Tolstoy's genius and the power of his prose are made newly available to the contemporary reader. In addition this edition includes a new introduction by Amy Mandelker, revised and expanded notes, lists of fictional and historical characters, a chronology of historical events, five maps, and Tolstoy's essay 'Some Words about War and Peace'.

The New Encyclopaedia Britannica

The New Encyclopaedia Britannica
A Book

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, inc

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1998
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Year of the Locusts

The Year of the Locusts
A Book

by Bayo Williams

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1989
  • Pages : 193
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Soviet Education

Soviet Education
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1958
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Tolstoy Studies Journal

Tolstoy Studies Journal
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Soviet Literature

Soviet Literature
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1981
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The New Encyclopædia Britannica: Macropædia : Knowledge in depth

The New Encyclopædia Britannica: Macropædia : Knowledge in depth
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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V.1-12 Micropaedia: Ready reference -- V.13-29 Macropaedia: Knowledge in depth -- V.[30] Propaedia: Outline of knowledge -- V.[31] Index, A-K -- V.[32] Index, L-Z.

Celebrity Family Trees

Celebrity Family Trees
The World's Most Celebrated and Scandalous Dynasties

by Ed Wright

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN : 9780760783122
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"If you thought the rich and famous were weird, wait till you meet their relatives"--Back cover.

Jewish quarterly review

Jewish quarterly review
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1977
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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She Made Me Laugh

She Made Me Laugh
My Friend Nora Ephron

by Richard Cohen

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2016-09-06
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1476796149
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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“A very personal remembrance of Nora Ephron’s life and loves, and her ups and downs” (USA TODAY) by her long-time and dear friend Richard Cohen in a hilarious, blunt, raucous, and poignant recollection of their decades-long friendship. Nora Ephron (1941–2012) was a phenomenal personality, journalist, essayist, novelist, playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and movie director (Sleepless in Seattle; You’ve Got Mail; When Harry Met Sally; Heartburn; Julie & Julia). She wrote a slew of bestsellers (I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman; I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections; Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media; Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women). She was celebrated by Hollywood, embraced by literary New York, and adored by legions of fans throughout the world. Award-winning journalist Richard Cohen, wrote this about She Made Me Laugh: “I call this book a third-person memoir. It is about my closest friend, Nora Ephron, and the lives we lived together and how her life got to be bigger until, finally, she wrote her last work, the play, Lucky Guy, about a newspaper columnist dying of cancer while she herself was dying of cancer. I have interviewed many of her other friends—Mike Nichols, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Arianna Huffington—but the book is not a name-dropping star turn, but an attempt to capture a remarkable woman who meant so much to so many other women.” With “the nuanced perspective of a confidant” (The Washington Post), She Made Me Laugh “is a fine tribute to a fascinating woman” (Houston Chronicle): “Nora would be pleased” (People, “Book of the Week”).

The Paris Review

The Paris Review
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1962
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Current

Current
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1961
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Singular Encounters

Singular Encounters
A Book

by Naim Attallah

  • Publisher : Quartet Books (UK)
  • Release : 1990
  • Pages : 628
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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