By Tracy Kidder
NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr by means of KIRKUS REVIEWS
Good Prose is an inspiring e-book approximately writing—about the construction of excellent prose—and the checklist of a hot and effective literary friendship. the tale starts off in 1973, within the workplaces of The Atlantic Monthly, in Boston, the place a tender freelance author named Tracy Kidder got here trying to find an project. Richard Todd was once the editor who inspired him. From that article grew a lifelong organization. sooner than lengthy, Kidder’s The Soul of a brand new Machine, the 1st ebook the 2 labored on jointly, had gained the Pulitzer Prize. It used to be a heady second, yet for Kidder and Todd it used to be basically the start of an schooling within the artwork of nonfiction.
Good Prose explores 3 significant nonfiction types: narratives, essays, and memoirs. Kidder and Todd draw candidly, occasionally comically, all alone experience—their error in addition to accomplishments—to exhibit the pragmatic ways that inventive difficulties get solved. in addition they flip to the works of a variety of writers, novelists in addition to nonfiction writers, for types and guide. They speak about narrative innovations (and approximately how to define a narrative, occasionally in spectacular places), in regards to the moral demanding situations of nonfiction, and in regards to the realities of creating a dwelling as a author. they provide a few tart and emphatic reviews at the present country of language. they usually take a transparent stand opposed to enjoying unfastened with the evidence. Their recommendation is usually grounded within the useful international of writing and publishing.
Good Prose—like Strunk and White’s The components of Style—is a succinct, authoritative, and wonderful arbiter of criteria in modern writing, supplying suggestions for the pro author and the newbie alike. This clever and worthwhile publication is the fitting spouse for somebody who likes to learn stable books and longs to jot down one.
Praise for Good Prose
“Smart, lucid, and entertaining.”—The Boston Globe
“You are in such solid company—congenial, ironic, a section old-school—that you’re satisfied to stick to [Kidder and Todd] the place they lead you.”—The Wall road Journal
“[A] well-structured, to-the-point, certainly important, and fun-to-read consultant to writing narrative nonfiction, essays, and memoir . . . Crisp, informative, and mind-expanding.”—Booklist
“A gem . . . The finer issues of artistic nonfiction are molded into an inspiring learn that might have an effect on the would-be author up to Anne Lamott’s poultry through chicken or Stephen King’s On Writing. . . . it is a needs to learn for nonfiction writers.”—Library Journal
“As approachable and acceptable as any writing guide available.”—Associated Press
From the Hardcover edition.