Every Day I Write the Book: Notes on Style


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Duke University Press
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6.0 X 0.8 X 8.9 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Amitava Kumar is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College and the author of numerous books, including Lunch with a Bigot; A Matter of Rats; and Nobody Does the Right Thing, all also published by Duke University Press; and most recently, Immigrant, Montana: A Novel.


"A guide for academic writers that is also relevant to anyone who cares about fine prose. . . . An engaging, perceptive companion for all writers."--Sven Birkerts "Kirkus Reviews" (11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"An inventive essay collection . . . a celebration of 'the value, the ease, and also the excitement of crafting writing that hasn't been produced to please a committee.' Grad students and tenure seekers will appreciate the support Kumar's insightful and intellectually nimble book offers, even as they buckle down to the task at hand--satisfying that committee of readers." --Sven Birkerts "Publishers Weekly" (11/11/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Every Day I Write the Book is a persuasive instance of the sort of rare nonfiction performance Amitava Kumar invokes within its pages; he at once defines and exemplifies a vital modern nonfiction tradition. Full of pragmatic analyses and recommendations, this enthralling, important book will prove to be compelling and useful across many audiences."--Robert Polito
"Amitava Kumar's Every Day I Write the Book compels a cluster of adjectives--eclectic, ruminative, associative, probing, and personal--all of which, taken together, only begin to describe this unique writing sensibility. Turning the pages we find ourselves riding shotgun through the reading and writing life of a true cosmopolitan intellectual. Kumar instructs and inspires, running on all cylinders."--Sven Birkerts