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Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style

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"A rich, generous book about writing and reading and Kurt Vonnegut as writer, teacher, and friend... Every page brings pleasure and insight." -- Gail Godwin, New York Times bestselling author

Here is an entirely new side of Kurt Vonnegut, Vonnegut as a teacher of writing. Of course he's given us glimpses before, with aphorisms and short essays and articles and in his speeches. But never before has an entire book been devoted to Kurt Vonnegut the teacher. Here is pretty much everything Vonnegut ever said or wrote having to do with the writing art and craft, altogether a healing, a nourishing expedition. His former student, Suzanne McConnell, has outfitted us for the journey, and in these 37 chapters covers the waterfront of how one American writer brought himself to the pinnacle of the writing art, and we can all benefit as a result.

Kurt Vonnegut was one of the few grandmasters of American literature, whose novels continue to influence new generations about the ways in which our imaginations can help us to live. Few aspects of his contribution have not been plumbed -- fourteen novels, collections of his speeches, his essays, his letters, his plays -- so this fresh view of him is a bonanza for writers and readers and Vonnegut fans everywhere.

"Part homage, part memoir, and a 100% guide to making art with words, Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style is a simply mesmerizing book, and I cannot recommend it highly enough!" -- Andre Dubus III, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"The blend of memory, fact, keen observation, spellbinding descriptiveness and zany characters that populated Vonnegut's work is on full display here." -- James McBride, National Book Award-winning author

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  • Print Length: 431 Pages
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