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Draft no. 4 : on the writing process, John McPhee

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Draft no. 4 : on the writing process
Title
Draft no. 4
Title remainder
on the writing process
Statement of responsibility
John McPhee
Title variation
  • Draft number 4
  • Draft number four
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer's craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny. In one essay, he considers the delicate art of getting sources to tell you what they might not otherwise reveal. In another, he discusses how to use flashback to place a bear encounter in a travel narrative, while observing that 'readers are not supposed to notice the structure. It is meant to be about as visible as someone's bones.' The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from reporting to drafting to revising--and revising, and revising. Draft No. 4 is enriched by multiple diagrams and by personal anecdotes and charming reflections on the life of a writer. McPhee describes his enduring relationships with The New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and recalls his early years at Time magazine. Throughout, Draft No. 4 is enlivened by his keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world
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1931-
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McPhee, John
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Label
Draft no. 4 : on the writing process, John McPhee
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Publication
Note
These essays first appeared, in a slightly different form, in The New Yorker
Control code
19603884
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
192 pages
Isbn
9780374142742
Lccn
2016059416
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illustrations, maps
Label
Draft no. 4 : on the writing process, John McPhee
Publication
Note
These essays first appeared, in a slightly different form, in The New Yorker
Control code
19603884
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
192 pages
Isbn
9780374142742
Lccn
2016059416
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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