The Art of Fiction by James Salter
(Kapnick Lectures)

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...Salter talks about his life, how he transitioned to a career in writing, about teaching writing...The Art of Fiction, written by a great writer, will be of value to those who love reading.
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James Salter’s exalted place in American letters is based largely on the intense admiration of other writers, but his work resonates far beyond the realm of fellow craftsmen, addressing themes--youth, war, erotic love, marriage, life abroad, friendship--that speak to us all.

Following the publication of his first novel, Salter left behind a military career of great promise to write full-time and--through decades of searching, exacting work--became one of American literature’s master stylists. Only months before he died, at the age of eighty-nine, he agreed to serve as the first Kapnick Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia, where he composed and delivered the three lectures presented in this book and introduced by his friend and fellow novelist, National Book Award-winning author John Casey.

Salter speaks to us here with an easy intimacy, sharing his unceasing enchantment with the books that made up his reading life, including works by Balzac, Flaubert, Babel (whose prose is "like a handful of radium"), Dreiser, Céline, Faulkner. These talks provide an invaluable opportunity to see the way in which a great writer reads. They also offer a candid look at the writing life--the rejection letters, not one but two negative reviews in the New York Times for the same book, writing in the morning or at night and worrying about money during the long afternoons.

Salter raises the question, Why does one write? For wealth? For admiration, or a sense of "importance"? Confronting a blank sheet that always offers too many choices, practicing a vocation that often demands one write instead of live, the answer for Salter was creating a style that captured experience, in a world where anything not written down fades away.

Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Lectures

 

About James Salter

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James Salter is the author of five novels, including The Arm of Flesh, Solo Faces, A Sport and a Pastime, and Light Years, as well as a memoir, Burning the Days. His collection of short fiction Dusk and Other Stories was awarded the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988.
 
Published April 11, 2016 by University of Virginia Press. 120 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Robert Schaefer on Aug 19 2016

...Salter talks about his life, how he transitioned to a career in writing, about teaching writing...The Art of Fiction, written by a great writer, will be of value to those who love reading.

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