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Writers and Personality Louis Auchincloss

Writers and Personality

Louis Auchincloss

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ISBN : 9781570035807
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125 pages
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In this concise but pointed volume of ruminations on writers, Louis Auchincloss considers the inextricable link between a writers personality and the fiction he or she creates. The novelist examines the works of two dozen writers from his canon ofMoreIn this concise but pointed volume of ruminations on writers, Louis Auchincloss considers the inextricable link between a writers personality and the fiction he or she creates. The novelist examines the works of two dozen writers from his canon of personal favorites, ranging from the seventeenth centurys Pierre Corneille and Jean Racine to the twentieth centurys E. M. Forster and Ernest Hemingway. Auchincloss suggests that great art flows from the expression of a writers unique personality - and that, in keeping with this, the stifling of the personal self, as in the case of Anne Bronte, may forestall consummate artistic achievement.Taking an expansive approach to the notion of personality, Auchincloss provides concise assessments of the lives, temperaments, obsessions, and interests of his subjects. He explores how their personalities materialize in the fiction they produce. He proposes that even Gustave Flaubert, who believes in a strict separation between novelist and story, can be seen lurking behind the pages of Madame Bovary.In lively prose as engaging as the best conversations we may be privileged to enjoy, Auchinclosss observations offer an expanded appreciation of these vaunted writers and of the acruity that has earned the author his dedicated following. His commentary testifies not only to his affection for the writers but also to his astute understanding of what constitutes effective fiction.Celebrated and extraordinarily productive novelist, short story writer, and literary commentator LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS has been declared a living landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. His most recent novel is East Side Story.