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A rare work of nonfiction from Edith Wharton, The Writing of Fiction contains brilliant advice on writing from the first woman ever to win a Pulitzer Prize.
In 1921, Edith Wharton won a Pulitzer Prize for her first novel, The Age of Innocence, making her the first woman to ever win the prestigious award.
In the pages of The Writing of Fiction Wharton provides insight and general comments on the roots of modern fiction, the various approaches to writing a piece of fiction, and the development of form and style.
Additionally, Wharton devotes entire chapters to the telling of a short story, the construction of a novel, and the importance of character and situation in the novel.
Not only a valuable treatise on the art of writing, The Writing of Fiction also allows readers to experience the inimitable but seldom heard voice of one of America's most important and beloved writers and includes a final chapter on the pros and cons of Marcel Proust.
About the Author
Edith Wharton (1862–1937) was an American novelist—the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Age of Innocence in 1921—as well as a short story writer, playwright, designer, reporter, and poet. Born into one of New York's elite families, she drew upon her knowledge of upper class aristocracy to realistically portray the lives and morals of the Gilded Age.
Gore Vidal There are only three or four American novelists who can be thought of as "major" -- and Edith Wharton is one.