By Tracy Kidder
NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months through KIRKUS REVIEWS
Good Prose is an inspiring e-book approximately writing—about the construction of excellent prose—and the checklist of a hot and efficient literary friendship. the tale starts in 1973, within the places of work 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 booklet the 2 labored on jointly, had received 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 paintings of nonfiction.
Good Prose explores 3 significant nonfiction types: narratives, essays, and memoirs. Kidder and Todd draw candidly, occasionally comically, all alone experience—their errors in addition to accomplishments—to display the pragmatic ways that inventive difficulties get solved. additionally they flip to the works of quite a lot of writers, novelists in addition to nonfiction writers, for types and guideline. They speak about narrative techniques (and approximately how to define a narrative, occasionally in mind-blowing places), in regards to the moral demanding situations of nonfiction, and concerning the realities of creating a dwelling as a author. they give a few tart and emphatic evaluations at the present country of language. they usually take a transparent stand opposed to enjoying free with the proof. Their recommendation is often grounded within the useful global of writing and publishing.
Good Prose—like Strunk and White’s The components of Style—is a succinct, authoritative, and unique arbiter of criteria in modern writing, delivering suggestions for the pro author and the newbie alike. This clever and necessary booklet is the appropriate spouse for a person who likes to learn reliable books and longs to jot down one.
Praise for Good Prose
“Smart, lucid, and entertaining.”—The Boston Globe
“You are in such strong company—congenial, ironic, a piece old-school—that you’re satisfied to stick with [Kidder and Todd] the place they lead you.”—The Wall highway Journal
“[A] well-structured, to-the-point, really precious, and fun-to-read advisor to writing narrative nonfiction, essays, and memoir . . . Crisp, informative, and mind-expanding.”—Booklist
“A gem . . . The finer issues of inventive nonfiction are molded into an inspiring learn that would have an effect on the would-be author up to Anne Lamott’s chicken by means of fowl 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.