Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer Explores the Tools and Tricks of the Very Best Writers

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In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites us to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their work has endured.

She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted. “All the elements of good writing depend on the writer’s skill in choosing one word instead of another,” she says

Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire you to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart; to learn how to focus on language and create unique and powerful people and stories.



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About the author

Francine Prose is an American writer of novels, non-fiction books, and short story collections. She is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director's Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Her most recent book is Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932. She lives in New York City.