How to Write Like Tolstoy

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 ...

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How to Write Like Tolstoy

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 ...

Author: Richard Cohen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781786070227

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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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.

How to Write Like Tolstoy

sf: That means being like Tolstoy. RC: Be more like Tolstoy. A surprising number
of novelists believe that somehow a fictional creation exists independently of their
own authorship—Iris Murdoch's “characters invent other characters, as if they ...

Author: Richard Cohen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780812998313

Category: Literary Criticism

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For anyone who has ever identified with a hero or heroine, been seduced by a strong opening sentence, or been powerfully moved by a story’s end, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a thought-provoking journey inside the minds of the world’s most accomplished storytellers, from Shakespeare to Stephen King. “I have tried, as far as possible using the words of the authors themselves, to explain their craft, aiming to take readers on a journey into the concerns, techniques, tricks, flaws, and, occasionally, obsessions of our most luminous writers.”—from the Preface Behind every acclaimed work of literature is a trove of heartfelt decisions. The best authors put painstaking—sometimes obsessive—effort into each element of their stories, from plot and character development to dialogue and point of view. What made Nabokov choose the name Lolita? Why did Fitzgerald use first-person narration in The Great Gatsby? How did Kerouac, who raged against revision, finally come to revise On the Road? Veteran editor and teacher Richard Cohen draws on his vast reservoir of a lifetime’s reading and his insight into what makes good prose soar. Here are Gabriel García Márquez’s thoughts on how to start a novel (“In the first paragraph you solve most of the problems with your book”); Virginia Woolf offering her definition of style (“It is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words”); and Vladimir Nabokov on the nature of fiction (“All great novels are great fairy tales”). Cohen has researched the published works and private utterances of our greatest authors to discover the elements that made their prose memorable. The result is a unique exploration of the act and art of writing that enriches our experience of reading both the classics and the best modern fiction. Evoking the marvelous, the famous, and the irreverent, he reveals the challenges that even the greatest writers faced—and shows us how they surmounted them. Praise for How to Write Like Tolstoy “The highest compliment one can pay How to Write Like Tolstoy is that it provokes an overwhelming urge to read and write, to be in dialogue or even doomed competition with the greatest creative minds . . . . That Mr. Cohen is an editor, that his love of literature comes in large part from awe in the presence of better writers than he, is no small matter. His love is infectious, and regardless of how well he ends up teaching us to write, that is miracle enough.”—Wall Street Journal “[A] perfect tasting menu . . . the homage of a passionate reader to the writers who have provided his ‘main pastime.’ ”—The Sunday Times (U.K.) “This book is a wry, critical friend to both writer and reader. It is filled with cogent examples and provoking statements. You will agree or quarrel with each page, and be a sharper writer and reader by the end.”—Hilary Mantel “These twelve essays are like twelve perfect university lectures on the craft of writing fiction. The professor—or, in this case, author—succeeds in being not only knowledgeable but also interesting, charming, and engaging.”—Library Journal (starred review) “Insightful . . . [Cohen] escorts his readers to Iris Murdoch for sage counsel on launching a novel, to Salman Rushdie for shrewd guidance on developing an unreliable narrator, to Rudyard Kipling for a cagey hint on creating memorable minor characters, and to Leo Tolstoy for a master’s help in transforming personal experience into fictional art.”—Booklist

How to Write Like Chekhov

This is a uniquely clear roadmap to Chekhov's intelligence and artistic expertise and an essential addition to the writing-guide shelf.

Author: Anton Chekhov

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786727018

Category: Reference

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Maxim Gorky said that no one understood “the tragedy of life's trivialities” as clearly as Anton Chekhov, widely considered the father of the modern short story and the modern play. Chekhov's singular ability to speak volumes with a single, impeccably chosen word, mesh comedy and pathos, and capture life's basic sadness as he entertains us, are why so many aspire to emulate him. How to Write Like Chekhov meticulously cherry-picks from Chekhov's plays, stories, and letters to his publisher, brother, and friends, offering suggestions and observations on subjects including plot and characters (and their names), descriptions and dialogue, and what to emphasize and avoid. This is a uniquely clear roadmap to Chekhov's intelligence and artistic expertise and an essential addition to the writing-guide shelf.

Leo Tolstoy and Our Time

In Tolstoy's works there is an astonishing naturalness and life - likeness so that
life itself seems to breathe in them ... A. Kakhhar studied Tolstoy not in order to
learn to write " like Tolstoy ” , but out of a tremendous curiosity ( one might say ) ...

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So Far So Good

I left the library , where I had spent all day in your adorable presence , with my
head bowed so others might not see my tears , might not deprive me of the
enjoyment of my grief . I wanted to write , like Tolstoy of course , and Turgenev ,
and ...

Author: Edwin Seaver

Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books

ISBN: UOM:39015012102789

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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The author shares reminiscences of his parents, his childhood, and his experiences during a long career in the publishing industry

Leo Tolstoy s War and Peace

We Russians , ” he goes on , " generally speaking , do not know how to write
novels in the sense in which this genre is ... As Tolstoy was later to put it to
Goldenweiser , “ a good work of art can in its entirety be expressed only by itself .
” Where ...

Author: Sir William Golding

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: UOM:39076001039416

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

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A collection of seven critical essays discussing Tolstoy's novel, arranged in chronological order of their original publication.

What Men Live By

Tolstoy is best known for his two longest works, War and Peace (1865-69) and Anna Karenina (1875-77), which are commonly regarded as among the finest novels ever written.

Author: Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy, Tolstoy also spelled Tolstoi, Russian in full Lev Nikolayevich, Graf (count) Tolstoy, (born August 28 [September 9, New Style], 1828, Yasnaya Polyana, Tula province, Russian Empire-died November 7 [November 20], 1910, Astapovo, Ryazan province), Russian author, a master of realistic fiction and one of the world's greatest novelists. Tolstoy is best known for his two longest works, War and Peace (1865-69) and Anna Karenina (1875-77), which are commonly regarded as among the finest novels ever written. War and Peace in particular seems virtually to define this form for many readers and critics. Among Tolstoy's shorter works, The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886) is usually classed among the best examples of the novella. Especially during his last three decades Tolstoy also achieved world renown as a moral and religious teacher. His doctrine of nonresistance to evil had an important influence on Gandhi. Although Tolstoy's religious ideas no longer command the respect they once did, interest in his life and personality has, if anything, increased over the years. Most readers will agree with the assessment of the 19th-century British poet and critic Matthew Arnold that a novel by Tolstoy is not a work of art but a piece of life; the Russian author Isaak Babel commented that, if the world could write by itself, it would write like Tolstoy. Critics of diverse schools have agreed that somehow Tolstoy's works seem to elude all artifice. Most have stressed his ability to observe the smallest changes of consciousness and to record the slightest movements of the body. What another novelist would describe as a single act of consciousness, Tolstoy convincingly breaks down into a series of infinitesimally small steps. According to the English writer Virginia Woolf, who took for granted that Tolstoy was "the greatest of all novelists," these observational powers elicited a kind of fear in readers, who "wish to escape from the gaze which Tolstoy fixes on us." Those who visited Tolstoy as an old man also reported feelings of great discomfort when he appeared to understand their unspoken thoughts. It was commonplace to describe him as godlike in his powers and titanic in his struggles to escape the limitations of the human condition. Some viewed Tolstoy as the embodiment of nature and pure vitality, others saw him as the incarnation of the world's conscience, but for almost all who knew him or read his works, he was not just one of the greatest writers who ever lived but a living symbol of the search for life's meaning. A kind and humble shoemaker maker called Simon goes out one day to purchase sheep-skins in order to sew a winter coat for his wife and himself to share. Usually, the little money which Simon earns would be spent to feed his wife and children. Simon decides that in order to afford the skins he must go on a collection to receive the five rubles and twenty kopeks owed to him by his customers. As he heads out to collect the money he also borrows a three-rouble note from his wife's money box. While going on his collection he only manages to receive twenty kopeks rather than the full amount. Feeling disheartened by this, Simon rashly spends the twenty kopeks on vodka and starts to head back home drunkenly stumbling and talking to himself cursing the coat dealer. He states that he is warm without the vodka and that he won't make it through the winter without a fur coat.

The New Encyclopaedia Britannica

Especially during his last three decades Tolstoy also achieved world renown as a
moral and religious teacher. ... of life; the 20th-century Russian author Isaak
Babel commented that, if the world could write by itself, it would write like Tolstoy.

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The History Makers

Cohen investigates the published works and private utterances of our greatest historical thinkers to discover the agendas that informed their views of the world, and which in so many ways have informed ours.

Author: Richard Cohen

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 1474615775

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The History Makers is an epic exploration of who writes about the past and how the biases of certain storytellers - whether Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare or Simon Schama -continue to influence our ideas about history (and about who we are) today. There are many stories we can spin about years gone by, but which accounts come to be told, and by whom? A single author can deeply shape our understanding through the prism of his or her own beliefs. Richard Cohen reveals how professional historians and other equally significant witnesses (such as the writers of the Bible, major novelists, dramatists, journalists and political propagandists) influence what become the accepted records of human experience. Is there, he asks, even such a thing as "objective" history? And what is it to call someone a historian in the first place?The depth of Cohen's inquiry and the delight he takes in his subjects - even the practitioners of what he calls "Bad History," those thieves of history who twist reality to glorify themselves and conceal their or their country's behaviour - make this an unusually authoritative and supremely entertaining volume. Cohen investigates the published works and private utterances of our greatest historical thinkers to discover the agendas that informed their views of the world, and which in so many ways have informed ours. From the origins of history-writing, when such an idea seemed itself revolutionary, through to television and the digital age, The History Makers abounds in captivating figures brought to vivid life, from Thucydides and Tacitus to Voltaire and Gibbon, from Winston Churchill to Mary Beard. Rich in character, complex truths and surprising anecdotes, the result is a unique exploration of both the aims and craft of history-making that will lead us to think anew about our past and ourselves.

Tolstoy Studies Journal

In August 1940 , while proofreading the galleys for his new novel , Hemingway
admitted to his editor , Maxwell Perkins : “ I don ' t like to write like God ” ( SL , 515
) . In writing the novel , Hemingway for the first time fully shouldered the burden ...

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What Men Live By

Tolstoy is best known for his two longest works, War and Peace (1865-69) and Anna Karenina (1875-77), which are commonly regarded as among the finest novels ever written.

Author: Leo Tolstoy

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Leo Tolstoy, Tolstoy also spelled Tolstoi, Russian in full Lev Nikolayevich, Graf (count) Tolstoy, (born August 28 [September 9, New Style], 1828, Yasnaya Polyana, Tula province, Russian Empire-died November 7 [November 20], 1910, Astapovo, Ryazan province), Russian author, a master of realistic fiction and one of the world's greatest novelists. Tolstoy is best known for his two longest works, War and Peace (1865-69) and Anna Karenina (1875-77), which are commonly regarded as among the finest novels ever written. War and Peace in particular seems virtually to define this form for many readers and critics. Among Tolstoy's shorter works, The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886) is usually classed among the best examples of the novella. Especially during his last three decades Tolstoy also achieved world renown as a moral and religious teacher. His doctrine of nonresistance to evil had an important influence on Gandhi. Although Tolstoy's religious ideas no longer command the respect they once did, interest in his life and personality has, if anything, increased over the years. Most readers will agree with the assessment of the 19th-century British poet and critic Matthew Arnold that a novel by Tolstoy is not a work of art but a piece of life; the Russian author Isaak Babel commented that, if the world could write by itself, it would write like Tolstoy. Critics of diverse schools have agreed that somehow Tolstoy's works seem to elude all artifice. Most have stressed his ability to observe the smallest changes of consciousness and to record the slightest movements of the body. What another novelist would describe as a single act of consciousness, Tolstoy convincingly breaks down into a series of infinitesimally small steps. According to the English writer Virginia Woolf, who took for granted that Tolstoy was "the greatest of all novelists," these observational powers elicited a kind of fear in readers, who "wish to escape from the gaze which Tolstoy fixes on us." Those who visited Tolstoy as an old man also reported feelings of great discomfort when he appeared to understand their unspoken thoughts. It was commonplace to describe him as godlike in his powers and titanic in his struggles to escape the limitations of the human condition. Some viewed Tolstoy as the embodiment of nature and pure vitality, others saw him as the incarnation of the world's conscience, but for almost all who knew him or read his works, he was not just one of the greatest writers who ever lived but a living symbol of the search for life's meaning. A kind and humble shoemaker maker called Simon goes out one day to purchase sheep-skins in order to sew a winter coat for his wife and himself to share. Usually, the little money which Simon earns would be spent to feed his wife and children. Simon decides that in order to afford the skins he must go on a collection to receive the five rubles and twenty kopeks owed to him by his customers. As he heads out to collect the money he also borrows a three-rouble note from his wife's money box. While going on his collection he only manages to receive twenty kopeks rather than the full amount. Feeling disheartened by this, Simon rashly spends the twenty kopeks on vodka and starts to head back home drunkenly stumbling and talking to himself cursing the coat dealer. He states that he is warm without the vodka and that he won't make it through the winter without a fur coat.

All about Editing

" "This is a great resource for authors. I have used it and it works. I highly recommend this book. Great!"

Author: K. J. Heritage

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Want to add punch to your prose? Follow these 55 simple edits and improve your writing forever! Getting readers past page one, despite your 'explosive, fast paced hitting-the-ground-running opening', is what this guide is all about. Applying the 55 easy editing steps to your fiction will allow reviewers and readers to evaluate your novel purely on the strength of your story and not on clumsy and weak prose, overuse of adverbs, repetition, and flabbiness. And in the process, you will learn to become an experienced and competent editor. Use these 55 steps to: Find redundant adjectives and overused adverbs Banish boring words Learn dialogue writing Write characters more effectively Discover over thirty overused words and phrases such as that, it, up/down, was/were, had, even, got, etc. Reduce overuse of exclamations and the ellipsis Use italics, quotations, and capitalisation properly Target word pairs and homophones Improve your proofreading and editing skills Handle numbers and time effectively ...And discover more about flow, show not tell, writing tenses, dialogue handling and more. All About Editing will not tell you how to write a novel, nor how to write like Tolstoy, or any other author. It will certainly not explain how to write bestselling fiction, how to make money, or guarantee you marketing success. What it will guarantee, is to give your novel the best chance it can get in a tough, competitive, and new publishing world. BUY All About Editing and edit your way to success! REVIEW EXCERPTS "An indispensable guide for amateurs and professionals of any theme of word-based creation." "This is a very useful and easily understandeable guide for new writers trying to self publish" "A very useful tool to have on hand." "A must read for any writer to avoid sending a clanger of a draft to a reviewer or publisher! Great value." "The style is clear and accessible. This is a book that I have found invaluable as I rewrite and revise my fiction drafts. Highly recommended" "...gives you simple, clear rules and 55 easy steps to check your book for. It won't turn a poor writer into a great one, but it will help you avoid common mistakes and give you tools to turn telling into showing" "An extremely useful guide for editing manuscripts, written as a set of editing tips." "This is a great resource for authors. I have used it and it works. I highly recommend this book. Great!"

Celebrity Family Trees

The penchant of the men THEN THERE ARE AS MANY KINDS OF for losing
large sums on the gambling table didn ' t much help either , but still they ...
PYOTR ANDREYEVICH TOLSTOY 1645 – 1729 . by itself , it would write like
Tolstoy .

Author: Ed Wright

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Category: Celebrities

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"If you thought the rich and famous were weird, wait till you meet their relatives"--Back cover.

The Paris Review

INTERVIEWER In speaking of your own writing , anyway , you attribute its “ style ”
to your earlier critical work - then you don't feel the influence of other writers of ...
The writer I really like best is Tolstoy , and I know I don't write like Tolstoy .

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Interview with the Muse

You don ' t have to write like Tolstoy . It can ' t be like Tolstoy anymore because
the world outside is changing . The world is not full ... So women move me in a
way men don ' t , but this is not to say I don ' t enjoy men ' s company . I do . I get
on ...

Author: Nina Winter

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ISBN: UCSC:32106010490875

Category: Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)

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All about Copyediting

" "This is a great resource for authors. I have used it and it works. I highly recommend this book. Great!"

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Want to add punch to your prose? Follow these 55 simple edits and improve your writing forever! Applying the 55 easy copyediting steps to your fiction will allow reviewers and readers to evaluate your novel purely on the strength of your story and not on clumsy and weak prose, overuse of adverbs, repetition, and flabbiness. And in the process, you will learn to become an experienced and competent editor. Use these 55 steps to: Find redundant adjectives and overused adverbs Banish boring words Learn dialogue writing Write characters more effectively Discover over thirty overused words and phrases such as that, it, up/down, was/were, had, even, got, etc. Reduce overuse of exclamations and the ellipsis Use italics, quotations, and capitalisation properly Target word pairs and homophones Improve your proofreading and editing skills Handle numbers and time effectively ...And discover more about flow, show not tell, writing tenses, dialogue handling and more. All About Copywriting will not tell you how to write a novel, nor how to write like Tolstoy, or any other author. It will certainly not explain how to write bestselling fiction, how to make money, or guarantee you marketing success. What it will guarantee, is to give your novel the best chance it can get in a tough, competitive, and new publishing world. BUY All About Copyediting and edit your way to success! Review excerpts "An indispensable guide for amateurs and professionals of any theme of word-based creation." "This is a very useful and easily understandeable guide for new writers trying to self publish" "A very useful tool to have on hand." "A must read for any writer to avoid sending a clanger of a draft to a reviewer or publisher! Great value." "The style is clear and accessible. This is a book that I have found invaluable as I rewrite and revise my fiction drafts. Highly recommended" "...gives you simple, clear rules and 55 easy steps to check your book for. It won't turn a poor writer into a great one, but it will help you avoid common mistakes and give you tools to turn telling into showing" "An extremely useful guide for editing manuscripts, written as a set of editing tips." "This is a great resource for authors. I have used it and it works. I highly recommend this book. Great!"

Journal of Russian and East European Psychology

child ' s feeling for verbal form was , even though this was the first time he had
attempted creative writing . Rearrangement of ... If we do we need to say , written
by Makarov , Morozov , and Tolstoy . ... It was unmistakable , " writes Tolstoy .

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The Humanist in the Bathtub

go back , ” just as it is impossible to recapture the youth or reinstitute a handicraft
economy , like the one Ruskin ... I , for instance , would like , more than anything
else , to write like Tolstoy ; I imagine that I still see something resembling the ...

Author: Mary McCarthy

Publisher: New American Library of Canada

ISBN: UCAL:B4091653

Category: Authors

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The Education of Lev Navrozov

So he was an imitator ? All distinctions between imitation and originality had
been lost by that time : to write like Tolstoy meant both to imitate him and be as
unique as he had been in his time . Like many high rankers of the department of ...

Author: Lev Navrozov

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ISBN: UOM:39015003465716

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