How to Write Like Tolstoy

How to Write Like Tolstoy

A Journey Into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers

Book - 2016
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Cohen has researched the published works and private utterances of our greatest authors to discover the elements that made their prose memorable. Evoking the marvelous, the famous, and the irreverent, he reveals the challenges that even the greatest writers faced--and how they surmounted them.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780812998306
0812998308
Branch Call Number: 808.3 C6607H 2016
Characteristics: xx, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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May 10, 2017

Relatively brief, but very fluidly written chapters, though with a lot of gossipy bits and bragging that were more annoying as the book progressed. All of the main elements are covered: point of view, plot, characters, and most importantly, rewriting, which is given two chapters. The worst chapter is on style and rhythm because it doesn't do much to explain it and develop it, but it gives a great footnote to Lucas' "Style" which is available on archive dot org.

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