The Art of X-ray Reading

The Art of X-ray Reading

How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature Will Improve your Writing

Book - 2016
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Roy Peter Clark, one of America's most influential writing teachers, offers writing lessons we can draw from 25 great texts.

Where do writers learn their best moves? They use a technique that Roy Peter Clark calls X-ray reading, a form of reading that lets you penetrate beyond the surface of a text to see how meaning is actually being made. In THE ART OF X-RAY READING, Clark invites you to don your X-ray reading glasses and join him on a guided tour through some of the most exquisite and masterful literary works of all time, from The Great Gatsby to Lolita to The Bluest Eye , and many more. Along the way, he shows you how to mine these masterpieces for invaluable writing strategies that you can add to your arsenal and apply in your own writing. Once you've experienced X-ray reading, your writing will never be the same again.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316282178
Characteristics: viii, 326 pages ; 22 cm

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ms_mustard
Aug 31, 2016

read this for some insights into the literature - not for the writing lessons. a good read

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Aug 29, 2016

Many examples of certain techniques, and exercises for discovering them for oneself. One has to take notes to take it all in a make genuine use of them.

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abcDena
Mar 18, 2016

I read this in one night flat, it was so good! Roy Clark not only inspired me to keep writing and try some new things, but made me go back to some of the novels from which he draws lessons. Especially Nabokov's Lolita and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar.

Excellent resource for writers in need of a little perspective or inspiration. Clark's style is readable and engaging.

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