By Douglas Glover
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Glover is a grasp of narrative structure.”
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In the culture of E.M. Forster, John Gardner, and James wooden, Douglas Glover has produced a ebook on writing without delay erudite, anecdotal, instructive, and fun. Attack of the Copula Spiders represents the gathered knowledge of a impressive literary profession: novelist, brief tale author, essayist, instructor and mentor, Glover has for many years been asking the important questions. How does the way in which we learn impression the way in which we write? What do craft books fail to coach aspiring writers approximately subject matter, approximately plot and subplot, approximately developing perspective? How will we preserve drama at the point of the sentenceand clarify drama within the sentences of others? what's the courting of shape and artwork? How do you're making phrases live?
Whether his topic is Alice Munro, Cervantes, or the inventive writing lecture room, Glover’s take is frank and clean, demonstrating repeatedly that sleek writers needs to first be powerful readers. This assortment is a call-to-arms for all fans of English, and Attack of the Copula Spiders our greatest safety opposed to the attacks of a post-literate age.
Douglas Glover is the award-winning writer of 5 tale collections, 4 novels, and works of non-fiction. he's at present at the school of the Vermont university of good Arts MFA in Writing program.
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"A grasp of narrative structure." - Darin Strauss, writer of Half a Life, Wall road Journal
"So sharp, so evocative, that the reader sees way past the tissue of phrases into ... the author's poetic grace." - The New Yorker
"Glover invents his personal meeting of serious ways and theories that's eclectic, own, scholarly, and shrewdpermanent ... a course for destiny literary feedback to take." - The Denver Quarterly
"A ribald, raunchy wit with a expertise for searing self-investigation." - The Globe and Mail
"Knotty, clever, frequently raucously funny." - Maclean's
"Passionately intricate." - The Chicago Tribune
"Darkly funny, concurrently stressed and relentless." - Kirkus Reviews
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