This book stands out as the only one tracing the history of the teaching of creative writing. Myers's research is very thorough, and his examination of the teaching of writing at Harvard was especially interesting to me. At times, though, the book plods along, fueled more by the devotion to facts of a historian than the keen eye of someone truly invested in creative writing. Ultimately, facts alone aren't enough--how can knowing this history shape the way creative writing is being taught now? I suppose this is a question Myers leaves to his readers, but I feel like it's one that needs to be answered.
The ending of the book felt very rushed to me. I'm most interested in how creative writing has evolved in the last 25 years, and I didn't feel like that chapter was as thorough as the others. It seems surprising to me, for instance, that Myers didn't once mention John Gardner. The book provides excellent insight into how English (both literature and writing) came to be taught in colleges and universities, and it shows in a way no other book has how creative writing split from composition, but by the end I was still left wanting more.
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (15 May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226554546
- ISBN-13: 978-0226554549
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 386 g
- Customer Reviews: 5 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)