To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction: Lopate, Phillip, Morey, Arthur: 0889290476951: Books - Amazon.ca "The work of a master, To Show and To Tell is beyond compare, for it embodies a poetics of literary nonfiction that takes into account all the crucial aspects, elements, and issues of the craft. Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. This kind of extensive and purposeful reading enables us to become more accomplished writers ourselves,learning from the great writers so that we may begin to increase in confidence and craftsmanship and begin to write at the very highest level at which we are capable. This book is very well written, but not one I'll be keeping. . Posted in Books, Essays and other non-fiction | Leave a comment. New York. Lopate, P. (2013). : (Masters in Fine Living Series). Inspiring to read. ", The work of a master, To Show and To Tell is beyond compare, for it embodies a poetics of literary nonfiction that takes into account all the crucial aspects, elements, and issues of … Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide). Reactions to Sontag tend to be polarized, but Lopate's account of Sontag's significance to him and to the culture over which she loomed is neither hagiography nor hatchet job. 1st Free Press trade paperback ed. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. To Show and To Tell is the best writing book I own (and I own a lot!). Phillip Lopate. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction. He is funny, honest, self aware, intelligent and of course very well read. Thoughtful treatment of the primary "issues" involved in writing and publishing personal essays. Frank, to-the-point, and always entertaining, Gutkind describes and illustrates every aspect of the genre. Buy the book. Don't skip any. Posted in Books, Poetry | Leave a comment. First of many that I have read that validates telling what you want to say. There's a problem loading this menu right now. In literary writing, the convention is to skate around the idea you are presenting. In TO SHOW and NOT TO TELL, Lopate gets into craft and the history of the essay. It is often labeled and/or limited as "creative" or "literary" nonfiction and subdivided into essay, memoir, literary journalism, personal cultural criticism, and narratives of nature and travel. Lazar, David, ed. Writing autobiography is a complicated, often fraught activity for both writer and reader. He also suggests developing a “tone of assertion.” Lopate draws helpful comparisons with fiction, noting that nonfiction also requires conflict and the “art of characterization” but that its story line is a thought process. It doesn't matter whether or not you believe that. In You Can't Make This Stuff Up, Lee Gutkind, the go-to expert for all things creative nonfiction, offers his unvarnished wisdom to help you craft the best writing possible. To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction By Phillip LopateFree Press, 225 pages, $16 Simon & Schuster / Free Press. The “show, don’t tell” concept is credited to Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, who once said, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” However, it was Ernest Hemingway, one of the best writers of his generation, who helped popularize this seemingly elusive technique. “The work of a master, To Show and To Tell is beyond compare, for it embodies a poetics of literary nonfiction that takes into account all the crucial aspects, elements, and issues of the craft. BUY NOW FROM. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? Get … A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Larson also opens up his own writing and that of his students to demonstrate the hidden mechanics of the writing process. Writers embrace the memoir and readers devour it, propelling many memoirs by relative unknowns to the top of the best-seller list. TO SHOW AND TO TELL. The genre of literary nonfiction, also known as creative nonfiction, is broad enough to include travel writing, nature writing, science writing, sports writing, biography, autobiography, memoir, interviews, and familiar and personal essays. Larson guides the reader from the autobiography and the personal essay to the memoir—a genre focused on a particularly emotional relationship in the author’s past, an intimate story concerned more with who is remembering, and why, than with what is remembered. [Phillip Lopate] -- A long-awaited new book on personal writing from Lopate--the celebrated essayist and the director of Columbia University's nonfiction program. In TO SHOW and NOT TO TELL, Lopate gets into craft and the history of the essay. The goal is to bring our hard-won wisdom to the portrait of the I-character that we re-create from distant memory that is not only reflective, but that also rings true. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Not the most gripping read for a recreational reader, but useful if you want to write memoir, autobiographical stories, and/or certain nonfiction. Great, readable advice on writing. Thus it's the essential text for anyone who seeks to enjoy, to understand, or to write nonfiction.” “The work of a master, To Show and To Tell is beyond compare, for it embodies a poetics of literary nonfiction that takes into account all the crucial aspects, elements, and issues of the craft. What's important is, there's a lot of information for anyone who wants to learn about the history of the essay and desires to write one. Please try your request again later. Anyone who is acquainted with Lopate knows that he's considered some kind of "Modern Master" of the essay. Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2013. the author tackles a common question of nascent writers: how to show and make a point. The chapter on retrospective analysis and double perspective of the recalled I-character, with all her strengths, frailties, bravado, high spirits and/or foolishness, was a great help to me in my current work. AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE LOCAL BOOKSELLER GET WEEKLY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: Email Address Subscribe. . Buy the book. Never one to accept received wisdom, Lopate encourages writers to go beyond the safe, facile, and sentimental. In TO SHOW and NOT TO TELL, Lopate gets into craft and the history of the essay. Having written a variety of prose, most recently having completed a novel, I can tell you I am baffled by the essay. 103 reviews. ISBN 9781451696325--. The memoir is the most popular and expressive literary form of our time. 2013. New York. I highly recommend this book. A vital and growing form, nonfiction has, until now, needed a sustained discussion about its poetics—both the theory and the craft of this genre. To show and to tell: the craft of literary nonfiction. I've found it very insightful, and it has certainly improved my writing. Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2013. “The work of a master, To Show and To Tell is beyond compare, for it embodies a poetics of literary nonfiction that takes into account all the crucial aspects, elements, and issues of the craft. New York. Notes on Sontag is a frank, witty, and entertaining reflection on the work, influence, and personality of one of the "foremost interpreters of . Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2020. It explores the craft and purpose of personal narrative by looking in detail at more than a dozen examples by writers such as Mary Karr, Frank McCourt, Dave Eggers, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Mark Doty, Nuala O’Faolain, Rick Bragg, and Joseph Lelyveld to show what they reveal about themselves. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction. Throughout this very entertaining, clearly written, intelligent, thought-provoking and challenging volume, Dr. Lopate challenges us to commit to reading more books, with a more discerning eye in our selection of the works of great writers, both from the past and those writing today. Just the well crafted, thoughtful telling and showing of the events, places, senses,and supporting cast of characters that surround the I-character in your story of a significant period of time in your life.. 2013. Highly recommended. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Does this book contain quality or formatting issues? by Phillip Lopate. 6 people found this helpful While some people persist in the belief that essays are stuffy and antiquated, the truth is that the personal essay is an ever-changing creative medium that provides an ideal vehicle for satisfying the human urge to document truths as we experience them and share them with others—to capture a bit of life on paper. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Phillip Lopate is the author of more than a dozen books, including three personal essay collections, Language Arts & Disciplines / Composition & Creative Writing, By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments. --Donna Seaman To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction: Lopate, Phillip, Morey, Arthur: Amazon.sg: Books Find all the books, read about the author, and more. To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction by Phillip Lopate 772 ratings, 3.97 average rating, 103 reviews Open Preview See a Problem? 2013. We’d love your help. Clear, I don't have to guess, allows the breaking of some stifling rules, encourages me to let go of all the finger wagging do this don't do that and just write my experience from my heart. The Craft of Literary Nonfiction. 2013. Simon & Schuster / Free Press. ISBN 9781451695861 Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 14, 2015. The Art of the Personal Essay –. Phillip Lopate is the author of more than a dozen books, including three personal essay collections. Truth in Nonfiction: Essays; Lopate, Phillip, ed. Thus it's the essential text for anyone who seeks to enjoy, to understand, or to write nonfiction.” After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2014. 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