What made Norman Mailer change from first person to third? Which authors borrowed plots and characters from people they knew? Why did Turgenev so envy Tolstoy, and what does that say about how fiction writers create character?Richard Cohen takes readers on an enchanting journey into t... he minds, techniques, concerns, tricks and flaws of the greatest writers to have ever graced the printed page. He reveals how such literary legends as Eliot, Dickens, Woolf, Amis, King and Morrison grappled with problems, questioned themselves and occasionally changed their minds to dramatic effect as they created the stories and characters that we love. Playful and profound and brimming with insights, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a charming guide to the writers craft, disclosing the fascinating stories behind the finest novels weve ever known.Includes revealing insights from the literary lives of Vladimir Nabokov, Fay Weldon, Samuel Beckett, George Orwell, J. D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, Kate Atkinson, Philip Roth, Emily Bront, Ali Smith, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Agatha Christie and many more.
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