By Tracy Kidder
NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr by way of KIRKUS REVIEWS
Good Prose is an inspiring booklet approximately writing—about the construction of excellent prose—and the checklist of a hot and efficient literary friendship. the tale starts off 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. ahead of lengthy, Kidder’s The Soul of a brand new Machine, the 1st booklet the 2 labored on jointly, had received the Pulitzer Prize. It was once a heady second, yet for Kidder and Todd it was once in simple terms the start of an schooling within the paintings of nonfiction.
Good Prose explores 3 significant nonfiction types: narratives, essays, and memoirs. Kidder and Todd draw candidly, occasionally comically, all alone experience—their error in addition to accomplishments—to display 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 versions and guideline. They speak about narrative options (and approximately how to define a narrative, occasionally in impressive places), concerning the moral demanding situations of nonfiction, and in regards to the realities of constructing a residing as a author. they provide a few tart and emphatic reviews at the present kingdom of language. and so they take a transparent stand opposed to taking part in free with the proof. Their suggestion is often grounded within the functional international of writing and publishing.
Good Prose—like Strunk and White’s The parts of Style—is a succinct, authoritative, and wonderful arbiter of criteria in modern writing, delivering suggestions for the pro author and the newbie alike. This clever and priceless publication is the proper spouse for a person who likes to learn sturdy books and longs to write down one.
Praise for Good Prose
“Smart, lucid, and entertaining.”—The Boston Globe
“You are in such stable company—congenial, ironic, a piece old-school—that you’re chuffed to stick to [Kidder and Todd] the place they lead you.”—The Wall road Journal
“[A] well-structured, to-the-point, surely priceless, and fun-to-read consultant to writing narrative nonfiction, essays, and memoir . . . Crisp, informative, and mind-expanding.”—Booklist
“A gem . . . The finer issues of inventive nonfiction are molded into an inspiring learn that might impact the would-be author up to Anne Lamott’s poultry by means of 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.