Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life

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Charles Baxter, Peter Turchi
University of Michigan Press, 2001 - 258 стор.
In Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life, seventeen award-winning writers--all expert teachers--share the secrets of creating compelling, imaginative stories and novels. A combination handbook, writer's companion, and collection of spirited personal essays, the book is filled with specific examples, hard-won wisdom, and compassionate guidance for the developing or experienced fiction writer.
Each of the contributors is a current or former lecturer at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, one of the most highly respected writing programs in the country. Included are essays by Charles Baxter, Robert Boswell, Karen Brennan, Judith Grossman, Ehud Havazelet, C. J. Hribal, Margot Livesey, Michael Martone, Kevin McIlvoy, Pablo Medina, Antonya Nelson, Susan Neville, Richard Russo, Steven Schwartz, Jim Shepard, Joan Silber, Debra Spark, Peter Turchi, and Chuck Wachtel.
Rich with masterful examples and personal anecdotes, these imaginative essays provide hard-earned insight into a writer's work. The book will interest not only those seeking inspiration and guidance to become stronger writers, but also readers of contemporary literary fiction, who will find a number of surprising and original approaches to the writer's work by award-winning practitioners adept at teaching others what they know.
Charles Baxter is author of several novels, including The Feast of Love, Shadow Play, and First Light. and collections of stories including Believers and A Relative Stranger. He teaches writing at the University of Michigan. Peter Turchi is author of the novel The Girls Next Door, a collection of stories, Magician, and a book of non-fiction, The Pirate Prince. He is Director of the MFA Program for Writers, Warren Wilson College.

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Introduction
1
In Defense of Omniscience
7
I Know Myself Real Well Thats the Problem
18
Wheres lago?
31
Finding a Voice in America
45
Narrative Voice in Fiction
53
Weight in Fiction
71
Chekhov and Form
77
Narrative Spandrels
138
The Scene Beast Is Hungry
148
The Writer as Cartographer
162
The Usefulness of Jokes in Shaping Short Stories
180
Ruining a Story
197
The Editor Comes Clean at Last A Tale of One Rejection Letter and One Acceptance Letter to Stephen Crane
209
Literature and Democracy
220
Thinking about a Reader
235

Inflection and the Breath of Life
91
Getting In and Getting Out First Words on First and Last Words
106
Dream Memory Story and the Recovery of Narrative
123
How to Tell a True Story
245
Contributors
255
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Charles Baxter is author of several novels, including "The Feast of Love", "Shadow Play", & "First Light", & collections of stories including "Believers" & "A Relative Stranger". He teaches writing at the University of Michigan.

Peter Turchi is author of the novel "The Girls Next Door", a collection of stories, "Magician", & a book of non-fiction, "The Pirate Prince". He is Director of the MFA Program for Writers, Warren Wilson College.

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