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Why Writing Matters

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Drawing lessons from writers of all ages and writing across genres, a distinguished teacher and writer reveals the enduring importance of writing for our time

In this new contribution to Yale University Press’s Why X Matters series, a distinguished writer and scholar tackles central questions of the discipline of writing. Drawing on his own experience with mentors such as
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Hardcover, 296 pages
Expected publication: March 17th 2020 by Yale University Press
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Jen
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Why Writing Matters is full of Delbanco's personal experiences with writing, with his mentors, and with his students.

Delbanco begins with one of the most important reasons for writing: "before the invention of writing, spoken discourse could not last." Oral transmission, while wonderful for making use of memory, is "subject to forgetfulness or change." The oral tradition was marvelous, but writing has more permanence.

Writing, words on a page or clay tablet, allows cultures to be shared and
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Nic
Feb 05, 2020 added it
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I am going to hold my hands up and say that I couldn't finish this book. I gave up around page 78 as it had the overwhelming feeling of someone who started every conversation with phrases such as "I'm not sexist but..."

Nicholas Delbanco opens the novel by discussing writing as the almost natural progression of recording language and speech. Stories such as the epic poems of Homer were originally passed on orally. Now the ability to read and write is seen as a marker of education, something that
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Michelle Kidwell
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why Writing Matters
by Nicholas Delbanco
Yale University Press

Nonfiction (Adult)

Pub Date 17 Mar 2020


I am reviewing a copy of Why Writing Matters through Yale University Press and Netgalley:


Writing matters, but why does it matter?


Nicole’s Delbanco reminds us that “So somewhere in some distant place and time some someone made a mark on stone or wood or ice or clay or sand and somebody else understood it and the process of writing began.”


This book is the newest in Yale University Press Why X
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Dora Okeyo
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I truly want to hate this book, not because it is not insightful but because as as Writer and Reader, I've finally read a book that the author focuses not only on the craft of writing but shares personal insights of how he was inspired and mentored by other writers.
Nine chapters and each one builds upon most the questions and clarifications that writers seek- I'm all the way in Kenya and could relate to this book, that's how much of an impact it had on me.
I started reading it as a potential
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Tiffany
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why Writing Matters is an excellent resource for inspiration to get your writing projects started, the sections of this book are broken down into parts, writing, getting started, and taking action. Nicholas's message is inviting as he holds your hand through the writing process. In Why Writing Matters, you'll be inspired to create a platform to share your writing, build a brand to build trust, and distribute your work through channels and connections. After reading this book, I've started ...more
Michelle
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Here are my pros and cons about this book. Pros: The author describes his own experiences on writing and what he has gone through. I picked it because I hope to write my own book some day. Cons: I felt like I was reading a term paper in a way because there were alot of references and things I didn't understand. That is my only con though. All in all It's not a bad book. i give it four stars. Thank you netgalley, the author ,and publishers for allowing me to read this. I do recommend this book ...more
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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 ...more