The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art
A tribute to the brilliant craftsmanship of one of our most distinguished writers, providing valuable insight into her inspiration and her method
Joyce Carol Oates is widely regarded as one of America's greatest contemporary literary figures. Having written in a number of genres -- prose, poetry, personal and critical essays, as well as plays -- she is an artist ideally suited tmethod...more
That is the obvious shortcoming of this book. But it is somewhat saved by t"On ...more
Reading this, I felt angry, bored and jealous. Then I hated her more, then I decided I'd hate her writing. Then I wasn't reading this for like a week and I keep thinking about it. She seems humorless and boring, but part of me is angry that I can't manage to be exactly like her and dear Lord, look at the number of books she's written. You'll hear a lot of Ivy League and Summer Home and "my office" comments, which if you are mature will not make you angry. Just don' ...more
By the time I finished this book, sadly I was pretty convinced that in spite of the fact that I have been telling people for the past two year that I write ...more
I have not read anything by Oates in at least a decade. I liked what I have read, but I am overwhelmed by the volume of her writing. When a new Oates book com ...more
I thought this memoir of Joyce Carol Oates life and career was just a wonderful piece of literature. The twelve essays were given in such a way that I could easy understand. The essays explore Ms. Oates' driving force in her career as a writer. These essays are very educational for aspiring authors and even for those folks like me that just want to learn about a great writer such as Ms. Oates.
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Joyce Carol Oates is such a big name that I thought I’d take some writing advice from her. However, this book ended up being thoughts on writing instead of advice on writing. Regardless of that fact, I enjoyed peeking into JCO’s mind, seeing her thoughts on reading like a writer, and reading her opinions on the classics.
I’m not sure how much I learned about writing in these essays, but I have absolutely no ...more
"What is your work schedule, one writer asks another, never What are the great themes of your books?--for the question is, of course, in code, and really implies Are you perhaps crazier than I?--and will you elaborate?"