Living by Fiction (Paperback)

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Living by Fiction (Paperback)

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"Everyone who timidly, bombastically, reverently, scholasticallyeven fraudulentlyessays to 'live the life of the mind' should read this book. It's elegant and classy, like caviar and champagne, and like these two items, it's over much too soon." —Los Angeles Times

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's classic work of literary criticism

Living by Fiction is written for—and dedicated to—people who love literature. Dealing with writers such as Nabokov, Barth, Coover, Pynchon, Borges, García Márquez, Beckett, and Calvino, Annie Dillard shows how contemporary fiction works and why traditional fiction will always move us. Like Joyce Cary's Art and Reality, this is a book by a writer on the issues raised by the art of literature. Readers of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Holy the Firm will recognize Dillard's vivid writing, her humor, and the lively way she tackles the urgent questions of meaning in experience itself.

Annie Dillard is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, An American Childhood, The Writing Life, The Living and The Maytrees. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and has received fellowship grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Product Details ISBN: 9780060915445
ISBN-10: 0060915447
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: January 5th, 2000
Pages: 192
Language: English

"Everyone who timidly, bombastically, reverently, scholastically—even fraudulently—essays to 'live the life of the mind' should read this book. It's elegant and classy, like caviar and champagne, and like these two items, it's over much too soon." — Los Angeles Times

"Living by Fiction is a stimulating book, one of those in which quality of thought and felicity of prose seem consequences of one another." — New York Times Book Review