• To Show and to Tell

  • The Craft of Literary Nonfiction
  • By: Phillip Lopate
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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To Show and to Tell

By: Phillip Lopate
Narrated by: Arthur Morey
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Publisher's Summary

Distinguished author Phillip Lopate, editor of the celebrated anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, is universally acclaimed as “one of our best personal essayists” (Dallas Morning News). Here, combining more than 40 years of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, he brings us this highly anticipated nuts-and-bolts guide to writing literary nonfiction. A phenomenal master class shaped by Lopate’s informative, accessible tone, and immense gift for storytelling, To Show and To Tell listens like a long walk with a favorite professor - refreshing, insightful, and encouraging in often unexpected ways.

©2013 Phillip Lopate (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Not a guide on writing personal essays

This is touted as a nuts-and-bolts guide on writing literary nonfiction. This book is far from that. Its scope is narrow. The author mentions many, many nonfiction writers and refers to them for whatever topic he's covering. So unless you're familiar with these writers and their works, it won't mean much to you. I think this book is more for well-read students aspiring to be personal essayists.

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A Must for Aspiring Writers

When a master of his craft speaks, those who seek his wisdom have only to listen with intent. Herein contains the skills and anecdotes of a professional essayist on how to hone one's abilities in this art of writing. Much of what he says will apply to various genres of writing, both fiction and non-fiction, and all of what he offers is practical. This isn't so much a how-to book as it is an exercise in guided consideration. The idea is to present you with options by relating examples and getting you to examine your own world. For those to whom writing is a chore, this book is not for you. But if you enjoy writing and seek a little insight to take your skills to the next level, pour a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and prepare to pick the brain of someone with a lifetime of experience.

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Boring!

A middle-aged professor tries to tell you how to write interesting essays, demonstrating that a tiresome self-absorbed style does not work.

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not what you expect

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

you may expect that this book will give your tips on how to write well; rather it is a disguised way for the author to write a memoir and talk about his psychological difficulties. Mostly a waste of time for the reader, who may not be his therapist.