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Title Draft no. 4 : on the writing process / John McPhee.
Author McPhee, John, 1931-
Publication New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Copyright date ©2017
Edition First edition.
Description 1 online resource (192 pages) : illustrations.
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Call # eBOOK
Summary "Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer's craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny. In one essay, he considers the delicate art of getting sources to tell you what they might not otherwise reveal. In another, he discusses how to use flashback to place a bear encounter in a travel narrative, while observing that "readers are not supposed to notice the structure. It is meant to be about as visible as someone's bones." The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from reporting to drafting to revising--and revising, and revising. Draft No. 4 is enriched by multiple diagrams and by personal anecdotes and charming reflections on the life of a writer. McPhee describes his enduring relationships with The New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and recalls his early years at Time magazine. Throughout, Draft No. 4 is enlivened by his keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world."--Jacket.
Contents Progression -- Structure -- Editors & publisher -- Elicitation -- Frame of reference -- Checkpoints -- Draft no. 4 -- Omission.
Note Print version record.
Subject Authorship.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
English language -- Rhetoric.
Authorship. (OCoLC)fst00822442
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) (OCoLC)fst00882393
English language -- Rhetoric. (OCoLC)fst00911581
REFERENCE / Writing Skills.
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing.
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
Alt Title Draft number 4
Draft number four
Related To Print version: McPhee, John, 1931- Draft no. 4. First edition. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017 9780374142742 (DLC) 2016059416 (OCoLC)983796814
ISBN 9780374712396 (electronic bk.)
0374712395 (electronic bk.)

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