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Reading for Advanced Writers

This page lists the books I recommend for Advanced Writers. To purchase any of these books from Amazon.com, just click on either the title or the cover. Additional sources for obtaining out of print books are listed on the Links at right.

These books have been helpful to my students–and myself–as we study our craft and art. I hope they’ll be useful to you as well.

Reading for Advanced Writers
Erich Auerbach, Willard R. Trask (Translator).

Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Princeton Univ Pr, 1953.

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Roland Barthes, Richard Miller (Translator), Richard Howard (Photographer).

S/Z. Noonday Pr., 1991.

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Wayne C. Booth.

The Rhetoric of Fiction. University of Chicago Press, 1983.

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Italo Calvino, Patrick Creagh (Translator).

The Uses of Literature: Essays. Harcourt Brace, 1987.

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Northrop Frye.

Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays. Princeton Univ Pr., 1957.

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William H. Gass.

Fiction and the Figures of Life. (Out of print.).

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William H. Gass.

Habitations of the Word: Essays. Cornell Univ Pr., 1997.

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Elizabeth Lyon.

The Sell-Your-Novel Toolkit: Everything You Need to Know About Queries, Synopses, Marketing & Breaking in. Blue Heron Pub., 1997.

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Ian Watt.

Rise of the Novel. Univ. California Press, 1983.

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Russell Baker (Editor), William Zinsser (Editor).

Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir. Houghton Mifflin Co. (Pap), 1998.

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