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By Harry Bruce

A witty round-up of writers' behavior that incorporates the entire massive names, comparable to Dickens, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Hemingway
At public occasions readers consistently ask writers how they write. the method fascinates them. Now they've got a truly witty booklet that levels worldwide and all through background to respond to their questions. all of the nice writers are the following — Dickens, speeding off his paintings; Henry James dictating it; Flaubert shouting every one note aloud within the backyard; Hemingway at paintings in cafés along with his pencil. yet pencil or pen, trusty typewriter or machine, all of them have their advocates. let alone the writers who can simply retain the phrases flowing through writing bare, or whereas strolling or hearing song — and customarily obeying the main strange superstitions.

On Shakespeare’s works: “Fantastic. And it used to be all performed with a feather!” — Sam Goldwyn

“I write nude, seated on a thick towel, and maybe with a moment towel round me.” — Paul West

“I’ve by no means heard of somebody getting plumber’s block, or site visitors cop’s block.” — Allan Gurganus

“I’m a drinker with a writing problem.” — Brendan Behan

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