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The Story of a Novel (Hudson River Edition Series)

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Admiré de Faulkner, de Kerouac ou de Philip Roth, Wolfe fut lune des très grandes voix du XXe siècle américain. Réflexion sur le processus créatif et la recherche dun style qui lui soit absolument propre, LHistoire dun roman est à la fois un art décrire et un art dexister, en dépit de ses démons ou peut-être grâce à eux.
Hardcover, 93 pages
Published June 1st 1936 by Macmillan Pub Co (first published 1936)
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Taylor Church
Mar 21, 2015 Taylor Church rated it it was amazing
I rage read this small book in the manner of a few sittings. Thomas Wolfe is perhaps my favorite author, and certainly my favorite fiction writer, so reading his fine and grand words on the creation, evolution, and aftermath of a novel was a splendid thing to intake. Anyone who has read his major novels should pick up this small work. Also any person with an inkling to write and record life, or make art should read this beautifully brief masterpiece.
Paul Gleason
Dec 19, 2013 Paul Gleason rated it it was amazing
The Story of a Novel is based on a lecture that Wolfe gave shortly after completing his second book (and second masterpiece), Of Time and the River. Wolfe shows no sign of arrogance here at all, admitting that he hasn't quite figured out how to write a good novel yet (I beg to differ). I can think of no personal reflection on novel writing that gets at what it's like to actually write a novel that's better than this one - all the anxiety that a writer experiences when he/she is chasing the ineff ...more
Cecilebe
Jun 26, 2016 Cecilebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le titre de ce livre parle pour lui-même : la longue traversée qui mène à la publication d'un roman. Le processus d'écriture, les états psychologiques traversés, les doutes, l'euphorie, tout cela est très bien décrit et écrit.

Le processus dont il parle et ses différentes étapes :

1/ Je ne suis pas écrivain et ne le serai jamais. Je n'appartiens pas à ce monde-là
2/ Sensation de perte de soi : l'écriture devient la seule manière de s'accrocher à la vie (illusoire mais déclencheur)
3/ "Toute œuvre d
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Daniel
Mar 08, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
This book is written by Thomas Wolfe after the publication of his first two novels, Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River. Let me just say that I have read neither. I have read nothing written by Thomas Wolfe, ever. So why did I read this book about him writing his first two books? I don’t know. Why not? It was short and I thought it would be a quick read, which it was.

This book is extremely personal and very well written. Wolfe shares his struggles that come with not only the act of wr
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Heather Mize
Feb 22, 2012 Heather Mize rated it liked it
This books is a good book for writer's to read. It expresses some of the same universal theme's from any memoir on writing, but Wolfe's share's some interesting perspective in this short little book. He also goes from one extreme to the other- writing to little to writing too much. This book also shows the value of good editing, and why editors are needed. Wolfe gets sucked into a story and literally takes years upon years writing manuscripts in excess of millions of words. Overall, it's a good ...more
James Smith
Aug 03, 2010 James Smith rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thomas Wolfe fans, aspiring novelists
A marvelous peek behind the curtain, providing a glimpse of the frenetic energy behind Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel and the later novels.
Arthur Henn
Nov 15, 2016 Arthur Henn rated it really liked it
Wonderful short story of Thomas Wolfe and how he wrote - Look Homeward, Angel & Of Time and the River-
Jakefan Efp
Jan 22, 2013 Jakefan Efp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Per chi ama la scrittura è un libro imperdibile. A tratti angosciante, è intenso, vero, umile, appassionato, doloroso.
Traci
Dec 20, 2011 Traci rated it really liked it
Shelves: fix-me, on-writing
Bless Thomas Wolfe's editor if for no other reason than he made one writer understand that the editor is not the Antichrist.
Kevin Kizer
Jun 15, 2009 Kevin Kizer rated it it was amazing
I love this little-known book because it's Thomas Wolfe writing about his writing before he became famous. It is literally the story of his novel.
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Thomas Clayton Wolfe (October 3, 1900 – September 15, 1938) was an American novelist of the early twentieth century.

Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and novellas. He is known for mixing highly original, poetic, rhapsodic, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing. His books, written and published from the 1920s to the 1940s, vividly reflect on
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