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''In this collection of short essays, the author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and An American Childhood probes the sorcery that levitates her own writing, discussing with clear eye and wry wit how, where, and why she writes.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Annie Dillard is a wonderful writer, and The Writing Life is full of joys.'' -- New York Times Book Review

''For nonwriters, it is a glimpse into the trials and satisfactions of a life spent with words. For writers, it is a warm, rambling conversation with a stimulating and extraordinarily talented colleague.'' -- Chicago Tribune

''The Writing Life is as slim and potent as the Tao Te Ching, that ancient Chinese manual on the art of living. . . You want to copy out what it says, tape it to your typewriter, fix it with a heavy magnet to your fridge. Her words give courage. They make the daring life seem worthwhile.'' --USA Today

''Her book is. . . scattered with pearls. Each reader will be attracted to different bright parts. . . Gracefully and simply told, these little stories illuminate the writing life. . . Her advice to writers is encouraging and invigorating.'' -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

''The Writing Life is a spare volume. . . that has the power and force of a detonating bomb...A book bursting with metaphors and prose bristling with incident.'' -- Detroit News

''A kind of spiritual Strunk & White, a small and brilliant guidebook to the landscape of a writer s task. . . Dillard brings the same passion and connective intelligence to this narrative as she has to her other work.'' --Boston Globe --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000W93CNG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins e-books (13 October 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 240 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 130 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Annie Dillard is the author of ten books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, as well as An American Childhood, The Living, and Mornings Like This. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Letters and has received fellowship grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in 1945 in Pittsburgh, Dillard attended Hollins College in Virginia. After living for five years in the Pacific Northwest, she returned to the East Coast, where she lives with her family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Annie Dillard should be better known. She writes about writing and life
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