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About the Author: Inside the Creative Process

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During the final quarter of the last century, writer Nicholas Basbanes, acclaimed author of A Gentle Madness, enjoyed the rare opportunity as literary editor of the Worcester, Massachusetts, Telegram & Gazette, to interview literally hundreds of authors passing through Boston on publicity tours. "About the Author: Inside the Creative Process" collects more than forty o ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Fine Books Press (first published May 15th 2010)
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Steven
I feel unfair in saying this, but I was disappointed by this book for two reasons.

The title suggested to me that this would be more details on authors' creative processes. What I found was a collection of Basbanes' interviews with many authors and not really a focused work on how authors work.

The author's previous books have all been insightful and incisive looks at book publishing and collecting, so perhaps my expectations were set higher than they should be to evaluate a new book.

Still, thi
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Jamie
I was really excited about this book. Anne Fadiman writes in "Ex Libris" about how everyone has what she calls their "odd shelf," that shelf of books that doesn't really fit with the rest of their library. I'm not sure if it's so odd, but I would say my odd shelf is a combination of grammar/style guides and books of writers talking about the craft of writing.

This should have been in my wheelhouse, but instead I found it a little slapdash and strange. It's a collection of pieces and interviews th
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Nicholas A. Basbanes is an award-winning investigative journalist and was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian, and he is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Basbanes lives in North Grafton, Massachusetts.
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