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The Craft of Fiction

The Classic Critique of Fiction So Good It Was Scapegoated

"No more substantial or more charming volume of criticism has been published in our time. To say that this is the best book on the subject is probably true but it is more to the point to say that it is the only one." -Times Literary Supplement

The reigning masterpiece on the creation and criticism of fiction, The Craft of Fiction is a seminal important work by essayist, and literary critic Percy Lubbock. Lubbock's outlook in this publication is an obvious extension to that of Henry James and he works to illustrate the craft by referencing many important and classic novels including Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Henry James' The Ambassadors. The Craft of Fiction is highly recommended for those who enjoy literary criticism works and also for those who are interested in the key writings of Percy Lubbock.

The Craft of Fiction has helped transform generations of aspiring writers into masterful writers — and will continue to do so for many years to come.

About the Author

Percy Lubbock, (1879-1965) was an English man of letters, known as an essayist, critic and biographer. He was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. He won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for 1922, with his memoir of childhood summer holidays at Earlham Hall in Norfolk. He became an émigré, and lived in Gli Scafari on the Gulf of Spezia. Towards the end of his life he went blind. Remarkably well-placed socially, his intellectual connections included E. M. Forster, a Cambridge contemporary, Edith Wharton (a member of her Inner Circle from about 1906), Howard Sturgis and Bernard Berenson. He reviewed, anonymously in the columns of the Times Literary Supplement, significant modern novels including Forster's Howard's End. His 1921 book The Craft of Fiction ('the official textbook of the Modernist aesthetics of indirection') became a straw man for writers including Virginia Woolf and Graham Greene, who disagreed with his rather formalist view of the novel.

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