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Book Title: The Essayist at Work: Profiles of Creative Nonfiction Writers|
Format files: PDF
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The author of the book: Lee Gutkind
Edition: Heinemann Drama
Date of issue: January 13th 1998
ISBN 13: 9780435081515
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Reader ratings: 7.6
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The subtitle is a little misleading because not all the essays are profiles of writers; some are just essays about the writing life; specifically the writing of essays. I think it is well worth reading if you're interested in writing creative nonfiction, but don't expect to come away with a clear definition of creative nonfiction: it seems that every writer has a little different idea of what CNF is for him or her.
I love reading about writers and writing, so this was right up my alley. Even so, I would have liked it better if it had been more recent--a lot of the writers I had never heard of (but then that's not unusual for CNF writers--they don't get the attention that fiction writers do).
I'm not sure why some people gave it such a low rating unless they were expecting it to be more than a collection of essays. For instance, there is no categorizing of the essays and no one theme tying them together, so the effect can feel a little disjointed. I would recommend not reading the book straight through; just take one essay at a time and enjoy it for what it is.
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