Best of all, if after reading an e-book, you buy a paper version of The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers. Concise and accessible, this is an invaluable gift from one of our most enduring authors and an indispensable resource for all lovers of literature. Ayn Rand has a very black and white personality. She concludes with some short discussions on narrative versus dramatization, exposition, flashbacks, transitions, metaphors, dialogue, slang and obscenities, and journalistic references. The spine may show signs of wear. About this Item: Plume, 2000. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact.
I don't agree with everything Rand had to say both here and in her other books , and her ego is unmistakably present throughout her guide. Experienced writers will get more from the book, so practise and read it and practise more and read it again, and again. The key events should be dramatized. Her confidence exudes vanity, her modesty nonexistent, and her book was fantastic. Okay, so she does make some valid points about writing. Style I: Depictions of Love From Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand From Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo From Of Time and the River by Thomas Wolfe From Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis From Star Money by Kathleen Winsor From By Love Possessed by James Gould Cozzens 9. Fantasy may sometimes be an abstraction of real world events, but they need not be in order to make good literature.
I find some of the chapters particularly helpful and insightful. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. All in all, this is really an excellent textbook on good writing practices. But there is nothing mystical to it. On the other hand, romanticist writing employs carefully selected concrete words in specificity to capture the essentials, what really matters, of a scene. Imperative as well is the importance of avoiding floating abstractions, choosing instead to gravitate towards making writing more concrete, more specific.
If writing doesn't apply to human choice, it's not worth writing or reading. Writing and the Subconscious 2. For a literary style, much more is necessary. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. We really do not have philosophic fiction writers, outside of C.
The Naturalistic school presents man as helpless… The Romantic school of literature approaches life on the premise that man has free will, the capacity of choice. Thank you for choosing Viva Books!. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. This is a collection of Ayn Rand's informal lectures to an audience back in 1958 conducted in her own living room. Edited by Tore Boeckmann with an Introduction by Leonard Peikoff Introduction Editor's Preface 1. And the book's origin is pretty interesting: Rand gave a series of salon-style lectures in her home during the late 1950s and this book is a result of the transcription of tapes of those lectures. I read it again, five years after I first read it, and I got so much more out of it, understood it, because I have published, practised the writing craft.
The Art of Fiction offers invaluable lessons, in which Rand analyzes the four essential elements of fiction: theme, plot, characterization, and style. Hence her precision in language. There are some claims in here like how all religion is delusion, or how she belittles H. She also married a bit-part actor called Frank O'Connor because he was 'beautiful' - and because her original visitor's visa had run out. But if you can swallow that then you'll be open to some interesting things she says about the nature of conflict, plot, concretization versus abstraction, which was perfect for my students who all seem to only write from the abstract universe , flashback, and symbolism. Customer service is our top priority!. And if you hate Ayn Rand, then take it from me - It's still worth reading.
It's really hard for me to give Ayn Rand 5 Stars because I really really dislike her. This article has been rated as C-Class on the project's. Rand is sure full of herself. Read this for the little nuggets of wisdom interspersed throughout the book, but I would not recommend this book over others. By the end of this book, I was shaking my head a lot and disagreeing more and more with her advice. I would not recommend it for anyone who has a weak stomach for Rand's philosophies and her ego, but if you're okay with both then you'll do fine. She demonstrates her ideas by dissecting her best-known works, as well as those of other famous authors, such as Thomas Wolfe, Sinclair Lewis, and Victor Hugo.
Audio-read this really quickly while on subway trains, and d Rand is sure full of herself. That is, we are doing the same thing as Google, only within the framework of one subject. It is an edited transcript of a series of informal discussion sheld with friends and fans in her living room in 1958, finally edited and published in 2000. She says a better way is to describe concretes and let the reader form his own emotional reaction. For the reader, the process is reversed: he first perceives the concretes you present and then adds them to the abstractions with which you started. Given the extemporaneous I love typing that! The less important material, such as transitions, can be narrated.