By Tracy Kidder
NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr through KIRKUS REVIEWS
Good Prose is an inspiring booklet approximately writing—about the construction of excellent prose—and the list of a hot and effective 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. earlier than lengthy, Kidder’s The Soul of a brand new Machine, the 1st booklet the 2 labored on jointly, had received the Pulitzer Prize. It used to be a heady second, yet for Kidder and Todd it was once in basic terms the start of an schooling within the artwork of nonfiction.
Good Prose explores 3 significant nonfiction kinds: narratives, essays, and memoirs. Kidder and Todd draw candidly, occasionally comically, all alone experience—their error in addition to accomplishments—to reveal 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 types and guide. They speak about narrative ideas (and approximately how to define a narrative, occasionally in astonishing places), in regards to the moral demanding situations of nonfiction, and concerning the realities of constructing a dwelling as a author. they provide a few tart and emphatic critiques at the present nation of language. they usually take a transparent stand opposed to taking part in unfastened with the proof. Their suggestion is often grounded within the useful global of writing and publishing.
Good Prose—like Strunk and White’s The parts of Style—is a succinct, authoritative, and pleasing arbiter of criteria in modern writing, providing assistance for the pro author and the newbie alike. This clever and helpful e-book is the proper better half for somebody who likes to learn solid books and longs to jot 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 with [Kidder and Todd] the place they lead you.”—The Wall highway Journal
“[A] well-structured, to-the-point, surely precious, and fun-to-read consultant to writing narrative nonfiction, essays, and memoir . . . Crisp, informative, and mind-expanding.”—Booklist
“A gem . . . The finer issues of artistic nonfiction are molded into an inspiring learn that may have an effect on the would-be author up to Anne Lamott’s chicken by way of fowl 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.