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Travels with My Royal: A Memoir of the Writing Life (Hardback)
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Travels with My Royal: A Memoir of the Writing Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 31/03/2001
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Nevada's preeminent living writer reveals the ideas and creative process behind his published work. Renowned Nevada writer Robert Laxalt has embraced a wide range of subjects in his nearly half-century career. In this candid, beautifully written memoir, he explores for the first time what is perhaps his most difficult subject ever - himself and his life as a writer. The first part of the book consists of a series of vignettes about his youth in Carson City as the second son of an immigrant Basque family and his later experiences as a student at the University of Nevada in Reno. We are introduced to the colorful characters of Carson City and to some of Laxalt's extended family, made privy to the family's rags-to-riches-and-back-again past, and invited to his father's isolated sheep camp in the Sierra and to his mother's warm kitchen in Carson City. The second part of the book tells of Laxalt's career as a writer - his early days as a reporter when his assignments included interviews with gangsters and obligatory attendance at executions; his later adventures as a contract writer for National Geographic, and his two stays in the Basque Country, where he gathered material for several books. He also recounts his days as director of the University of Nevada's news service and his role in the founding of the University of Nevada Press. The third section discusses the writing of several of his major books - where the ideas came from, what he tried to accomplish in each book, the challenges he faced, and the ways he chose to resolve them. It is rare that an author writes with such insight and vivid memory about the creative process, and the result here is certain to fascinate readers.

Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874174854
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 178 x 127 x 20 mm


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Laxalt describes the evolving process of writing of building character, plot, and structure and his inspirations for writing so compellingly that one wants to find and read his other books, the sooner the better. Booklist
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Travelswill swiftly become a nationally acclaimed primer for writers from beginners groping for THE literary role model, to those already regarded as the vast writing community s elite. Reno Gazette-Journal"
InTravels with My Royal, Laxalt once again utilizes his characteristic spare, lean prose to successfully integrate intimate and nostalgic elements with humorous and even grotesque sketches. The final result is an engaging book offering the reader not only an entertaining vision of Laxalt s multidimensional life but also useful background into some of his major works. David Rio, University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain"

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