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Write Like Hemingway

Writing Lessons You Can Learn from the Master

By R. Andrew Wilson, PhD

Format: Hardcover

SKU# Z2567

The bad news is: You have to learn to write. The good news is: Learning to write just became easier.

In this book, writers learn to write like they were born that way from one of America's greatest literary geniuses—Ernest Hemingway. Noted writing teacher Dr. R. Andrew Wilson calls writers to an adventure in writing Hemingway himself would love. Along the way they discover what really makes him a Great Writer, and how they can apply those lessons in voice, character, setting, and more to enhance their own writing. Whether agonizing over style, perfecting prose, or puzzling out plot, student writers find the answers they need to write their own masterworks. They'll also benefit from Papa's advice to beginning writers, comments on the work of other great authors, and daily writing habits. In this enlightening and informative book, writers find the mentor they need to master the art of writing.

R. Andrew Wilson, Ph.D. (Bethlehem, PA), is currently an English professor and director of writing at a private liberal arts college. He has taught composition, creative writing, American literature, and film for the past four years. Along with publications on American writers such as Henry James, Herman Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wilson has presented papers at conferences for the American Literature Association, the Popular Culture Association, and the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society.

SKU Z2567
Author/Speaker/Editor R. Andrew Wilson, PhD
File/Trim Size 7 x 5
Format Hardcover
ISBN 13 9781598698961
Number Of Pages 256

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Entertaining read Review by Mitch Lavender

I enjoyed parts of Write Like Hemingway: Writing Lessons You Can Learn from the Master by Dr. R. Andrew Wilson. What I didn’t really learn from it was how to write like Hemingway. Not really.

The book is a study of Hemingway and his writing – from his education and early influences at the Kansas City Star newspaper, to tutelage under Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound and other notables. There are many quotes from Hemingway throughout. The analysis of Hemingway’s prose is focused most on his short stories.

The things I found valuable were taken from quotes from Hemingway himself (The Papa Says sections) and I loved the analysis of Hemingway’s writing from someone so knowledgeable about the man and his canon of work. There is a lot of focus on the short, succinct sentence; the less-is-more, Iceberg Theory style that makes Hemingway’s work so easily identifiable.

Some of the advice absolutely flies in the face of other popular reference books for writers and at other times, it was simplistic and obvious. Write Like Hemingway reads like a book meant for those just starting out as writers and despite the title and subject matter, it is not written in Hemingway’s style.

There are various exercises throughout to help you apply what you’ve read in the previous chapter to your own work, but I doubt Hemingway actually did any exercises like this.

Write Like Hemingway is a fine analysis of Hemingway’s writing and an entertaining read. If you want to read about what Hemingway said about writing, I suggest the book, Ernest Hemingway on Writing, edited by Larry W. Phillips. If you really want to learn to write like Hemingway, read Hemingway.

(Posted on 9/11/2012)

Write like Hemingway Review by Pat Walch

A great well as lessons from the master! Well researched and written. I bought copies of this to give to my fellow writer's group members for Christmas and could hardly put it down after receiving my order!

(Posted on 7/18/2011)

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