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The Sincerest Form
Nicolas Delbanco explores the stories and techniques of twelve stylists, from Ernest Hemingway to Jamaica Kincaid, and encourages students to imitate the craft of these master storytellers as they hone their own fiction writing skills.
Paperback, 385 pages
Published October 6th 2003 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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I enjoyed reading the short stories Delbanco has collected for imitation. I found that the exercises suggested after each story were disappointingly unhelpful to me as a writing teacher. I would like exercises that, while beginning in imitation, allow for more openness of content. Almost all of the exercises were extensions of the story being imitated, not extensions of principles that can be applied to a student's own original ideas.
awesome book with diverse collection of short fictions from different contemporary writers. The exercises are helpful in provoking readers imagination as well as creating their own imitation based on the original plots. Absolutely a good choice for anyone who's keen on creative writing and desires to improve fiction writing skills.
one of my favorite stories of jesmyn's ("cattle haul"--which i believe you'll soon be able to find in issue four of the marvelous "a public space") started as a response to an exercise in delbanco's imitations class. i believe that is endorsement enough.
Nicholas Delbanco is the Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan and Chair of the Hopwood Committee. He has published twenty-five books of fiction and non-fiction. His most recent novels are The Count of Concord and Spring and Fall; his most recent works of non-fiction are The Countess of Stanlein Restored and The Lost ...moreMore about Nicholas Delbanco...