The Practice of Writing

  • Title: The Practice of Writing
  • Author: David Lodge
  • ISBN: 9780713991734
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Practice of Writing In this absorbing volume acclaimed novelist David Lodge turns his incisive critical skills to his own profession saluting the eminent practitioners of fiction who have influenced his writing and ex
    In this absorbing volume, acclaimed novelist David Lodge turns his incisive critical skills to his own profession, saluting the eminent practitioners of fiction who have influenced his writing, and explaining how literary and dramatic works are made and the many different factors that come into play in this process The constant theme running through these essays is the myIn this absorbing volume, acclaimed novelist David Lodge turns his incisive critical skills to his own profession, saluting the eminent practitioners of fiction who have influenced his writing, and explaining how literary and dramatic works are made and the many different factors that come into play in this process The constant theme running through these essays is the mysterious process of creativity Lodge discusses at length the work of writers he particularly admires Graham Greene, James Joyce, D H Lawrence, Henry Green, Kingsley Amis, Vladimir Nabokov, and Anthony Burgess He addresses the situation of the contemporary novelist, both aesthetically and institutionally, and describes the pleasures of the novelistic text In delineating the different techniques required to work on a novel and a screenplay, he draws on the experience of adapting his own Nice Work and Dickens s Martin Chuzzlewit for television, bringing a refreshingly expert candor to the problems that arise between the idea and the performance The essays conclude with revealing extracts from the diary he kept as his play, The Writing Game, made its way to the footlights Lodge s wit and intelligence are evident on every page of this entertaining and instructive volume, which should be of interest both to the practicing writer in any medium and to readers of Lodge who wish to know about his own art.

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    About David Lodge


    1. Professor David Lodge is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College London He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to write full time.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was Chairman of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, and is the author of numerous works of literary criticism, mainly about the English and American novel, and literary theory He is also the author of The Art of Fiction 1992 , a collection of short articles first published in the Independent on Sunday.David Lodge is a successful playwright and screenwriter, and has adapted both his own work and other writers novels for television His novels include The Picturegoers 1960 , The British Museum is Falling Down 1965 , Changing Places 1975 , Therapy 1995 , Thinks 2001 , and his most recent, Deaf Sentence 2008 He lives in Birmingham.


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    1. Whether we talk about a novel, a biography or a study of literary criticism, there is something about David Lodge’s “écriture” that appeals to any reader. He was blessed with it, that “something” that could never be taught by a literature teacher, because, as the author himself said, while answering the very question of ability to teach creative writing, it is not just a matter of technique. “It is like a chemical, or alchemical, reaction between form and content.”Therefore, if yo [...]

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    2. Good collection of essays. Author focussed ones better. Really liked the Pinter sketch analysis (maddening really, but a nifty little case study and a good introduction to phatics, etc). The final diaries about the 'Writing Game' production drag on a bit (theatre bores the arse off me and the labour required to cast and rehearse I don't know why a novelist would want to bother with all that. And: actors). All told, insightful, likeable and pretty accessible (fucking Barthes aside. Whenever Barth [...]

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    3. David Lodge's book, The Practice of Writing contains much that is interesting, parts that do not fit together and little that related to the practice of writing. Because he is an interesting and intelligent writer it is easy to forgive the lack of unity across the parts of this book.The first part, Novelists, Novels and The Novel covers more than ½ of the text and includes some of the best writing. This section opens and closes with essays about the Novel and its role in literature. There are s [...]

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    4. Great on writing and great on writerswhere I first read the distinction between thriller and mystery (in an essay on Nabokov): "e classic whodunnit (in which the emphasis is on the solution of a myster) and the thriller (in which the emphasis is on suspense, generated by the repetition, or threatened repetition, of evil acts, to thwart which the hero risks safety." ¶e whodunnit and the thriller are in their most typical manifestations deeply conventional and ideologically conservative literary [...]

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    5. I enjoyed the first half more, it was more about literature, whereas the second half was more about adapting fiction for television and writing for the stage.One of the pieces was a foreword to an edition of Kingsley Amis's novel 'Lucky Jim', it probably was in the edition which I read of that particular novel. Reading the foreword again, now after having actually read the novel, it did reveal a bit why I did not find the novel particularly funny. Apparently much of the "comedy" in 'Lucky Jim' i [...]

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    6. I didn't find this book as helpful as Lodge's The Art of Fiction, however, that's not as much of a fault with this book as it is a credit to the other. Once again, Lodge takes an academic look at writing and craft.

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    7. More of a hodgepodge than the title and description lead readers to expect. Some solid essays though. Lodge is very good at translating his academic knowledge and background into a popular register.

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