Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.48 X 8.87 X 0.64 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author

John Casey is the author of six works of fiction, as well as nonfiction and translations. He won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1989 for Spartina. Educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is a professor of English at the University of Virginia.


John Casey is a superb craftsman, a legendary teacher, and an omnivorous reader. The combination makes this book of essays a literary delight. It is pure gold for the young, and not so young, writer trying to master the craft.--Chris Tilghman
Entrancing... encourag[es] us to look more closely and intelligently at what we read and even at what we may be trying to write.--Allan Massie
John Casey is as wise about people--what we want, what we need, who we are, how we dream--as he is about the craft of writing: and that makes him an unusually good guide to the art of making fiction. What a useful book for writers at every stage!--Andrea Barrett
A delight of a book. I was lucky enough to be a student of John Casey's, but most of what I learned from him didn't come from the classroom. It came through conversation and observation, from spending time with a writer of his great talent, intelligence, and wit. Now his readers can do the same, listening to him play across two centuries of literature, a rich career as a novelist and teacher, and his own well-earned wisdom. The result is a real pleasure.--Adam Haslett
John Casey offers his brilliant, erudite company in that complicated and mysterious endeavor we call writing fiction. As he explores his own life and work, he introduces us not only to writers we know, or ought to know, but also to new ways of thinking about writing, about reading, and about finding our way into our own work... A deeply companionable and immensely helpful book.--Margot Livesey