Learning a Trade: A Craftsman's Notebooks: 1955-1997

Reynolds Price (Author)


"Learning a Trade," award-winning author Reynolds Price's working journal, provides a revealing window into his creative process and craftman's sensibilities.

Product Details

Duke University Press
Publish Date
November 25, 1998
6.42 X 1.44 X 9.56 inches | 2.27 pounds

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About the Author

Reynolds Price is the author of thirty books, including eleven novels and many volumes of poems, plays, stories, and essays. In 1962 his novel A Long and Happy Life received the William Faulkner Award for a first novel. Kate Vaiden won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1986. His Collected Stories appeared in 1993, followed four years later in 1997 by his Collected Poems. Private Contentment, a play written for television, was commissioned by American Playhouse and appeared in its premier season on PBS; Full Moon, Price's sixth play, was performed by the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco in 1994. In 1995 he began to broadcast regular commentaries for "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio. Since 1958 Reynolds Price has taught English at Duke University, where he is James B. Duke Professor of English.


"We have in this fine book a coincidence most fortunate for would-be writers and fellow professionals such as myself: A compulsive keeper of journals over many years who is widely appreciated as one of the most capable authors of this century.
Reynolds Price's life, while as unique as his thumbprint, turns out here to be a strikingly general anatomy of virtually every good writer's artistic development from childhood on. I would not have thought that generalizations about growth in such a complex profession were plausible--until this meticulous dissection was shown to me."--Kurt Vonnegut