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From Reynolds Price, much acclaimed author of award-winning novels, plays, poems, stories, and essays, comes a work that is unique among contemporary writers of American literature. For more than forty years, Price has kept a working journal of his writing life. Now published for the first time, Learning a Trade provides a revealing window into this writer’s creative proce ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published September 22nd 2000 by Duke University Press Books (first published November 4th 1998)
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This is a book I would never have started reading on my own, but it was a gift. Interesting as far as seeing how a successful author's mind works. From the point of view of someone reading for entertainment, it is a bit annoying, especially trying to follow characters whose names keep changing, mostly in the ten years it took Price to get to writing "The Surface of Earth," but in a few other instances as well. It also feels like a tease, since you get snipits of stories and novels, but never the ...more
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Reynolds Price was born in Macon, North Carolina in 1933. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University. He taught at Duke since 1958 and was James B. Duke Professor of English.

His first short stories, and many later ones, are published in his Collected Stories. A Long and Happy Life was published in 1962 and won the William Faulkner Award for a best fi
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