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The Making of a Writer : Journals, 1961-1963
by Gail Godwin and Rob Neufeld


Overview - Gail Godwin was twenty-four years old when she wrote: "I want to be everybody who is great; I want to create everything that has ever been created." It is a declaration that only a wildly ambitious young writer would make in the privacy of her journal.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Gail Godwin was twenty-four years old when she wrote: "I want to be everybody who is great; I want to create everything that has ever been created." It is a declaration that only a wildly ambitious young writer would make in the privacy of her journal. Now, in The Making of a Writer, Godwin has distilled her early journals, which run from 1961 to 1963, to their brilliant and charming essence. She conveys the feverish period following the breakup of her first marriage; the fateful decision to move to Europe and the shock of her first encounters with Danish customs (and Danish men); the pleasures of soaking in the human drama on long rambles through the London streets and the torment of lonely Sundays spent wrestling these impressions into prose; and the determination to create despite rejection and a growing stack of debts. "I do not feel like a failure," Godwin insists. "I will keep writing, harder than ever."
Brimming with urgency and wit, Godwin's inspiring tome opens a shining window into the life and craft of a great writer just coming into her own.
"A generous gift from a much-loved author to her readers."
-Chicago Sun-Times
"Full of lively, entertaining observations on the literary life . . . captures] the spirit of a young writer's adventure into foreign lands and foreign realms of thought and creative endeavor."
-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"As cities and continents and men change, the entries are borne along by . . . the young Godwin's fierce conviction that she is meant to write fiction and her desire to distract herself from this mission with any man who catches her eye."
-The New York Times Book Review
" Godwin] describes a high-wire act of love and work. . . . She espouses fierce, uncompromising ideas about fiction."
-Los Angeles Times
" Gail Godwin's journals] are a gold mine."
-The Boston Globe

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812974690
  • ISBN-10: 0812974697
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish Date: January 2007
  • Page Count: 333
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.24 x 0.77 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds


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