By Tracy Kidder
NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr by way of KIRKUS REVIEWS
Good Prose is an inspiring publication approximately writing—about the production of excellent prose—and the list 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 searching for an task. Richard Todd was once the editor who inspired him. From that article grew a lifelong organization. earlier 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 was once simply the start of an schooling within the paintings of nonfiction.
Good Prose explores 3 significant nonfiction varieties: narratives, essays, and memoirs. Kidder and Todd draw candidly, occasionally comically, all alone experience—their errors in addition to accomplishments—to reveal the pragmatic ways that inventive difficulties get solved. in addition they flip to the works of quite a lot of writers, novelists in addition to nonfiction writers, for types and guide. They speak about narrative thoughts (and approximately how to define a narrative, occasionally in awesome places), concerning 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 critiques at the present nation of language. and so they take a transparent stand opposed to enjoying unfastened with the proof. Their recommendation is usually grounded within the functional global 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, providing suggestions for the pro author and the newbie alike. This clever and important publication is the proper spouse for a person 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 piece old-school—that you’re satisfied to keep on with [Kidder and Todd] the place they lead you.”—The Wall road Journal
“[A] well-structured, to-the-point, surely priceless, and fun-to-read advisor 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 fowl through poultry or Stephen King’s On Writing. . . . this can be a needs to learn for nonfiction writers.”—Library Journal
“As approachable and acceptable as any writing guide available.”—Associated Press
From the Hardcover edition.