How to Write Like Tolstoy
  • Author : Richard Cohen
  • Release Date : 01 September 2016
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 13 : 9781786070227

Download or read book entitled How to Write Like Tolstoy written by Richard Cohen and published by Simon and Schuster online. This book was released on 01 September 2016 with total pages 352. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A Spectator Best Book of the Year ‘There are three rules for writing a novel,’ Somerset Maugham once said. ‘Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.’ So how to bring characters to life, find a voice, kill your darlings, avoid plagiarism (or choose not to), or run that most challenging of literary gauntlets—writing a good sex scene? Veteran editor and author Richard Cohen takes us on a fascinating excursion into the lives and minds of our greatest writers—from Balzac and Eliot to Woolf and Nabokov, through to Zadie Smith and Stephen King, with a few mischievous detours to Tolstoy along the way. In a glittering tour d’horizon, he lays bare their tricks, motivations, techniques, obsessions and flaws.