Pity The Reader: On Writing with Style

Author:   Suzanne McConnell ,  Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher:   Seven Stories Press,U.S.
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9781609809621


Pages:   440
Publication Date:   05 November 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Here is an entirely new side of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut as a teacher of writing. Of course he's given us glimpses before, with aphorisms and short essays and articles and in his speeches. But never before has an entire book been devoted to Kurt Vonnegut the teacher. Here is pretty much everything Vonnegut ever said or wrote having to do with the writing art and craft, altogether a healing, a nourishing expedition. McConnell has outfitted us for the journey, and in these 37 chapters covers the waterfront of how one American writer brought himself to the pinnacle of the writing art, and we can all benefit as a result. Kurt Vonnegut was one of the few grandmasters of American literature, whose novels continue to influence new generations about the ways in which our imaginations can help us to live. Few aspects of his contribution have not been plumbed--fourteen novels, collections of his speeches, his essays, his letters, his plays--so this fresh view of him, written by a former student, is a bonanza for writers and readers and Vonnegut fans everywhere.

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Author:   Suzanne McConnell ,  Kurt Vonnegut
Publisher:   Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Imprint:   Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Weight:   0.567kg
ISBN:  

9781609809621


ISBN 10:   1609809629
Pages:   440
Publication Date:   05 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
Stock availability from the supplier is unknown. We will order it for you and ship this item to you once it is received by us.

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Pity us not at all! What could be more welcome than Kurt Vonnegut's acerbic writing advice expertly illuminated by veteran teacher/writer/editor Suzanne McConnell. A timely book for writers, readers, teachers and book-lovers alike. It's unsentimental, unvarnished, and 100% treacle-free. If you've longed to be under Vonnegut's spell once again, this is the book for you. --Danielle Ofri, MD. Author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review.


Pity us not at all! What could be more welcome than Kurt Vonnegut's acerbic writing advice expertly illuminated by veteran teacher/writer/editor Suzanne McConnell. A timely book for writers, readers, teachers and book-lovers alike. It's unsentimental, unvarnished, and 100 percent treacle-free. If you've longed to be under Vonnegut's spell once again, this is the book for you. --Danielle Ofri, MD, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review


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Author, editor and writing teacher Suzanne McConnell was a student of Kurt Vonnegut's at the Iowa Writer's Workshop during its heyday, the period from 1965-67, when Vonnegut, along with Nelson Algren and other notable authors were in residence. This was also the period when Vonnegut was writing his masterpiece, Slaughterhouse Five, and had a lot to say about the writing process. Vonnegut and McConnell became friends, and stayed in touch over the years. She has published short memoirs of him in The Brooklyn Rail and The Writer's Digest, and led a panel at the 2014 AWP conference on Vonnegut's legacy, titled Vonnegut's Legacy- Writing about War and Other Debacles of the Human Condition. McConnell has taught writing at Hunter College for thirty years and, outside of the university setting, to pretty much all ages in a wide range of settings. She is Fiction Editor for the Bellevue Literary Review. Her own fiction won First Prize in the 2015 New Ohio Review's Fiction Contest, First Prize in the 2014 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Flash Fiction, and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. An excerpt from her novel, add title here , won Second Prize in the 2008 So to Speak's Fiction Contest. She lives in New York City and Wellfleet, MA, with her husband, the artist Gary Kuehn.

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