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Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel

Jane Smiley

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ISBN
9780571317684
Date Published
14.08.2014
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Summary

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s revelatory celebration of the novel – at once an anatomy of the art of fiction, a guide for readers and writers and a memoir of literary life.

Over her 20 year career, Jane Smiley has written many kinds of novels – mystery, comedy, historical fiction, epic. But when her impulse to write faltered after 9/11, she decided to approach novels from a different angle: she read 100 of them, from the 1000-year-old Tale of Genji to the recent bestseller White Teeth by Zadie Smith, from classics to little-known gems. With these books and her experience of reading them as her reference, Smiley discusses the pleasure of reading; why a novel succeeds – or doesn’t; and how the form has changed over time. She delves into the character of the novelist and reveals how (and which) novels have affected her own life.

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Jane Smiley was born in Los Angeles and grew up in St Louis, Missouri. In 1992 she won the Pulitzer Prize for A Thousand Acres, for which she also won the National Book Critics’ Circle Award. Her other novels include Moo (1995), Horse Heaven (2000), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, Good Faith (2003) and Ten Days in the…

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