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Conversations with American Women Writers (Paperback)
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Conversations with American Women Writers (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 31/12/2003
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Steeped in a thorough knowledge of each of their work, Sarah Anne Johnson interviews 17 critically acclaimed American women writers and questions them on issues that range from technical craft to the nurturing of fictional ideas to the daily practice of writing.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584653486
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm


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"An interview is nothing more than one mere mortal talking with another, and through the conversation a curtain is pulled aside. The mysterious writer becomes more than the character we've created in our minds--he or she becomes a beating pulse, a person separate from their books, a person like us. And if readers have read the work of the writer, the interview offers the ease of an established intimacy. Readers"
"Johnson's thoughtful and knowledgeable questions elicit new insights for readers and encouragement for aspiring writers, richly fulfilling her stated goal of supplementing previous interview collections that are either outdated or poorly representative of women's voices."--Bloomsbury Review
"An experienced author interviewer and workshop instructor, [Johnson offers] the reader an opportunity to participate in intimate and often illuminating dialog . . . The emphasis that writing is hard work that can take its toll emotionally serves as a common thread among the conversations as many of these women struggle to balance their writing with work and family obligations . . . Recommended for public and academic libraries."--Library Journal
"Johnson ... interviews 17 female scribes to create 17 miniature instruction books on craft ... [she] also delves into the more mysterious regions of the creative process ... the questions she poses provoke thoughtful responses from her subjects, who have plenty of insight into the work they do ... their enthusiasm for language and faith in the awesome power of revision will be encouraging to any writer at any stage of her career."--Publishers Weekly
"How did you get started writing?" "How do your story ideas come to you?" "Who are some of the writers who have influenced you?" These are a few of the basic questions lobbed to women fiction writers by interviewer Johnson in this lively and revealing collection of author interviews. Naturally, Johnson discusses the specifics of each writer's work, but her emphasis on inspiration and craft unites the collection, and by the time the reader has absorbed all 17 interviews, she or he will have a strong sense of the challenges contemporary women fiction writers face, why they write, what they hope to accomplish, and how the reception of their work does or does not affect their writing process. Johnson's eloquent and giving interviewees include Sue Miller, Andrea Barrett, Jill McKorkle, Ann Patchett, Gish Jen and Sena Jeter Naslund, and her collection will entice and satisfy curious readers, wanna-be writers, and book-club members."--Booklist

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