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The Writer's Voice (Norton Lecture)- A. Alvarez

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Title: The Writer's Voice (Norton Lecture)

ISBN : 039305795X
Author : A. Alvarez
Publisher : W W Norton & Co Ltd
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SKU MIX31-U31-C1-ORY2-46478

 

 
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From Publishers Weekly&newline;&newline;Based primarily on lectures given at the New York Public Library in October 2002, this slim, erudite guide is intended to help aspiring writers achieve an authentic voice and readers to recognize it. Veteran author Alvarez (The Savage God: A Study of Suicide, etc.) adopts the preachy tone of a learned sage discussing the rigors of style, the role of literary infatuation and the merits of literary emulation. In the first chapter, Alvarez cites Sylvia Plath as an example of a poet who found her authentic voice only in the last months of her life. He goes on to discuss how to avoid mannered rhetoric and clichÚ, and to outline the difference between writers who &doublequote;carve&doublequote; their work with extensive revision and those who &doublequote;model&doublequote; it (a distinction he borrows from Auden). The second chapter concerns the writer's (and reader's) ear and sense of rhythm, with examples from John Donne, Andrew Marvell and Shakespeare. The final chapter centers on how the reader places a writer in his or her historical context and on combating fads and trends in criticism. Here Alvarez rails against the anti-intellectualism of the beat generation, the rise of theory and the present day's &doublequote;terror of elitism.&doublequote; Alas, Alvarez overcompensates, to the point where his own voice seems old-fashioned: full of truisms, predictable in its tastes and advice, and rather patronizing. &newline;Copyright ® Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.&newline;&newline;&newline;From Booklist&newline;&newline;How does a writer create his or her literary voice? How does an attentive reader hear that voice? What developments in modern culture often stifle that voice and stop up the reader's ears to its resonance? Alvarez ponders these questions as he probes, for instance, the imaginative magic through which Sylvia Plath discovered her powerfully disquieting voice in her final works. He then addresses these vexing perplexities from a different angle as he enacts the kind of careful reading that distinguishes between Marvell's polished but superficial verse translation of Seneca and Wyatt's rough but genuinely poetic translation. Too often, Alvarez complains, both writers and readers mistake mere style for voice. Worse, in a culture debauched by the resurgent Romantic Cult of the Artist, readers pay more attention to the writer's psychopathologies--often deliberately self-inflicted--than to his or her works. By probing enduring cultural issues in language mercifully free from jargon and shibboleths, Alvarez invites general readers into a serious critical dialogue too long monopolized by theoretically blinkered specialists. Bryce Christensen&newline;Copyright ® American Library Association. All rights reserved

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