Thirteen [13] Ways of Looking at the Novel

By: Smiley, Jane

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First edition. Signed by author without inscription on title page. Publisher's review slip and signed promotional photo of author laid in. 2005 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. x, 591 pp. 8vo.Over an extraordinary twenty-year career, Jane Smiley has written all kinds of novels: mystery, comedy, historical fiction, epic. Is there anything Jane Smiley cannot do? ravesTimemagazine. But in the wake of 9/11, Smiley faltered in her hitherto unflagging impulse to write and decided to approach novels from a different angle: she read one hundred of them, from classics such as the thousand-year-oldTale of Genjito recent fiction by Zadie Smith, Nicholson Baker, and Alice Munro. Smiley exploresas no novelist has before herthe unparalleled intimacy of reading, why a novel succeeds (or doesnt), and how the novel has changed over time. She describes a novelist as right on the cusp between someone who knows everything and someone who knows nothing, yet whose job and ambition is to develop a theory of how it feels to be alive. In her inimitable styleexuberant, candid, opinionatedSmiley invites us behind the scenes of novel-writing, sharing her own habits and spilling the secrets of her craft. She walks us step-by-step through the publication of her most recent novel,Good Faith,and, in two vital chapters on how to write a novel of your own, offers priceless advice to aspiring authors. Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novelmay amount to a peculiar form of autobiography.We see Smiley reading in bed with a chocolate bar; mulling over plot twists while cooking dinner for her family; even, at the age of twelve, devouring Sherlock Holmes mysteries, which she later realized were among her earliest literary models for plot and character. And in an exhilarating conclusion, Smiley considers individually the one hundred books she read, fromDon QuixotetoLolitatoAtonement,presenting her own insights and often controversial opinions.In its scope and gleeful eclecticism, her reading list is one of the most compellingand surprisingever assembled. Engaging, wise, sometimes irreverent,Thirteen Waysis essential reading for anyone who has ever escaped into the pages of a novel or, for that matter, wanted to write one. In Smileys own words, ones she found herself turning to over the course of her journey: Read this. I bet youll like it. Keywords:CONTEMPORARY FICTION LITERARY CRITICISM JANE SMILEY SIGNED FIRST EDITION

Title: Thirteen [13] Ways of Looking at the Novel

Author: Smiley, Jane

Categories: Literary Criticism, Signed, Review Copies,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 2005

ISBN Number: 1400040590

ISBN Number 13: 9781400040599

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Inscription: Signed by author

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