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Ben Yagoda

The Sound on the Page

Ben Yagoda The Sound On The Page Great Writers Talk About Style And Voice In Writi
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In writing, style matters. Our favorite writers often entertain, move, and inspire us less by what they say than by how they say it. In The Sound on the Page, acclaimed author, teacher, and critic Ben Yagoda offers practical and incisive help for writers on developing and discovering their own style and voice. This wonderfully rich and readable book features interviews with more than 40 of our most important authors discussing their literary style, including:

Dave Barry
Harold Bloom
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
Bill Bryson
Michael Chabon
Andrei Codrescu
Junot Díaz
Adam Gopnik
Jamaica Kincaid
Michael Kinsley
Elmore Leonard
Elizabeth McCracken
Susan Orlean
Cynthia Ozick
Anna Quindlen
Jonathan Raban
David Thomson
Tobias Wolff

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“...offers not only the author’s amazingly informative narrative, but points us toward...the trial and error inherent in creativity.”

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“...the right mix of seriousness and wit, anecdote and insight.”

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“[Ben Yagoda] is witty and offhandedly erudite and unafraid to read between the lines...”

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“A shrewd, welcome meditation on literary style… that rarest of tomes: a splendidly written book about writing.”

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“A stylish exploration of developing a distinctive voice and writing style.”

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“Ben Yagoda [is] the best kind of close reader, attentive to writerly choices that most of us take for granted.”

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“This entertaining and instructive book should be part of any writing collection.”

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“This is an ingenious and memorable exploration of writing’s soul...”


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