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Author Schultz, Philip, author.

Title Comforts of the abyss : the art of persona writing / Philip Schultz.

Publication Info. New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2022]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    811 Schultz,P SCH    Available
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Edition First edition.
Description 229 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-229).
Contents The mind's first freedom -- The Shitbird, names and unnamed -- I never wanted to be me, I don't think -- Pity and fear -- My two libraries -- The poet and the fiction writer; conduits of revelation -- Our most curious artifact -- Somebody loves us all -- Penurious arrogance -- A magic act -- Indian wrestling -- Which side are you on? -- Voices veiled and unveiled -- The Socratic method -- In the nature of a test -- The map of the world -- Gussie -- I came, I saw, I suffered -- In the manner of poetry -- A new city of words -- Anger and shame -- The argument and the lullaby -- What we want.
Summary "Persona writing, a method of borrowing the voice and temperament of accomplished writers, offers aspiring writers imaginative distance and perspective needed to tell their stories. Through a candid and generous account of his own story, acclaimed poet Philip Schultz reveals how his early struggle to find inspiration in his negative inclinations led to the idea of persona writing, the philosophy on which he founded the Writers Studio in 1987. Schultz reflects on his early life in an immigrant neighborhood of upstate New York, his first experiments with poetry and experiences of loss, his struggles with dyslexia, and the teachers and writers--such as Joan Didion, Ernest Hemingway, John Cheever, and Elizabeth Bishop--who encouraged and influenced him. Along the way, he develops the generative method of persona writing as the foundation of his work."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Schultz, Philip.
Authorship -- Philosophy.
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Poets, American -- 21st century -- Biography.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
ISBN 9780393531848 hardcover
0393531848 hardcover

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