The Practice of Writing

The Practice of Writing

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Seventeen essays by the critic and novelist celebrate the contributions of his favorite authors, including D. H. Lawrence and Vladimir Nabokov, and consider their influence on his own writings.

Blackwell North Amer
In this absorbing volume, acclaimed novelist David Lodge turns his incisive critical skills to his own profession, saluting the eminent practitioners of fiction who have influenced his writing, and explaining how literary and dramatic works are made and the many different factors that come into play in this process.
The constant theme running through these essays is the mysterious process of creativity. Lodge discusses at length the work of writers he particularly admires - Graham Greene, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Henry Green, Kingsley Amis, Vladimir Nabokov, and Anthony Burgess. He addresses the situation of the contemporary novelist, both aesthetically and institutionally, and describes the pleasures of the novelistic text. In delineating the different techniques required to work on a novel and a screenplay, he draws on the experience of adapting his own Nice Work and Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit for television, bringing a refreshingly expert candor to the problems that arise between the idea and the performance. The essays conclude with revealing extracts from the diary he kept as his play, The Writing Game, made its way to the footlights.
Lodge's wit and intelligence are evident on every page of this entertaining and instructive volume, which should be of interest both to the practicing writer in any medium and to readers of Lodge who wish to know more about his own art.

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& Taylor

Seventeen essays by the critic and novelist celebrate the contributions of his favorite authors, including D.H. Lawrence and Vladimir Nabokov, and consider their influence on his own writings

Publisher: New York : Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1997, c1996
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780713991734
0713991739
Branch Call Number: 823.009 L821p
Characteristics: xi, 340 p. ; 24 cm

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mrmousebender
Dec 18, 2018

It would be hard for me to give anything David Lodge has written a bad grade, I like him that much. However, this one is a sort of hit-and-miss affair, unlike his book "The Art Of Fiction," which is one of the best of its kind ever.

Some of the more theory-laden pieces are too much for a general reader to grasp, although Lodge does admit this; however, there are pieces like the rehearsal diary of his play "The Writing Game" that are comprehensible but kind of dull.

As always, though, there is ever more to admire than condemn in his books, and even the very theory-laden analysis of Harold Pinter's sketch "The Last To Go" is interesting to read. (Pinter himself apparently found it baffling, as well he might, because by his own account he was a completely intuitive writer. When he read it, he wasn't even sure if Lodge was making fun of him or not.)

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