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ISBN: 0395483719
Author: William Knowlton Zinsser
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (May 1, 1994)
Pages: 172
Category: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Subcategory: Reference
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Five writers discuss the art of memoir in talks given at the New York Public Library Zinsser’s work helps us refine what we are trying to say. This is the real benefit of his work and of his niche in writing.

Five writers discuss the art of memoir in talks given at the New York Public Library. Each focuses on a corner of life, but one revealing both the person and the world that shaped him or her. Annie Dillard talks of her Pittsburgh childhood and her moment of waking to the world outside. Russell Baker explains why his first draft of Growing Up was so bad that he had to start over again. Zinsser’s work helps us refine what we are trying to say.

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1. What does William Zinsser mean when he says that memoir is how we try to make sense of who we are, who we once were, and what values and heritage shaped us ?,

1. What does William Zinsser mean when he says that memoir is how we try to make sense of who we are, who we once were, and what values and heritage shaped us ?, If we are writing about someone else, how does writing a memoir reveal who we are? 2. What does William Zinsser imply about the power of the writer when he says, Good memoirs are a careful act of construction ?, What are the elements of construction that the storyteller or memoir writer controls?

Inventing the truth : the art and craft of memoir, Russell Baker. Zinsser, William Knowlton. This is the age of the memoir. Never have personal narratives gushed so profusely from the American soil as in the closing decade of the twentieth century

Inventing the truth : the art and craft of memoir, Russell Baker. Never have personal narratives gushed so profusely from the American soil as in the closing decade of the twentieth century. In its literary shape it’s a classic memoir, recalling a particular period and place in the writer’s life.

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The art's as old as St. Augustine's Confessions, but the mechanics of the craft are less than exhaustively explored. But the real difficulty is aesthetic: what to put in? what to leave out? It is to various aspects of this formal crux that these five contributors, each the author of a noted book of memoirs, address themselves.

Inventing the Truth offers wisdom from nine notable memoirists about .

It inspires, articulates, and deconstructs the myths and perils of memoir writing. The title, INVENTING THE TRUTH, is well crafted because the book addresses the ardous task of conflating truth and memory. So you want to write a memoir? By Thriftbooks. com User, June 1, 2002.

First published in 1987, Inventing the Truth quickly grew into the best-selling compendium of the Writer's Craft series and continues to be a lasting hit. In this revised and expanded edition with a new introduction by its editor, William Zinsser, the voices of original contributors - Russell Baker, Annie Dillard, Alfred Kazin, and Toni Morrison - join with new pieces by Jill Ker Conway, Eileen Simpson, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., among others. The result is a provocative dialogue that vividly examines the expanding and innovative approaches to a literary form practiced by some of our most prestigious authors. With refreshing candor, contributors both old and new address the pleasures and challenges of accurately rendering their personal histories. Toni Morrison underscores the manner in which her heritage informs her work, while Jill Ker Conway describes the essential act of leaving the past behind. On a comic note, Russell Baker recalls his failure to include his mother and himself i

Comments:

Washington
Perhaps the best book on memoir writing I have ever read, or that has ever been written, since I go back to it each time I start again...NOthing like it anywhere. Even with the new writers added, it has only been improved. A few books are like this one, EB Whites book on language is like it. And some few others. I would simply add that this is a must read for anyone who think he or she wants to write about her or his life...DONT until you have read the lessons that you will glean from this wonderful little book. It won't steer your wrong. It cannot. What one writer says that doesn't speak to you, another will fully make up for. And then you go back and reread the ones you didn't like at first and you find that AH they too have something to say to you!
Xinetan
As a writer, there is no one on the how-to scene quite like William Zinsser. If I were teaching writing, all of his books would be on the reading list. Highly recommend this, even though it is mostly in the words of other writers, because it was Zinsser's vision that made this book possible for all of us interested in learning how to write in the memoir genre.
Mot
An excellent workbook on the art of memoir writing.
Zinsser writes a solid, practical book for those attempting to present their lives.
Whether writing for your grandkids, or for publication, he helps you develop and maintain a personal, subjective , interesting point of view.
I like the fact that his whole approach is based on honesty and empathy.
Landarn
There is so much in this book, it's hard to pinpoint. That said, This book gives the writer an inside look at how to write a memoir, from about eight well known, established writers. There are so many tips and guides, I have to keep going back to the book and each time I find another gem.

Joan Bailey, author of How to Help Gun Dogs Train Themselves, and others
Golden Lama
In INVENTING THE TRUTH, several memoirists offer their viewpoints on writing about one's life. Each author talks about the process of discovering different ways to tell their own stories and then subjecting their stories to a critical analysis, understanding that it might be told differently. They consider how the author knows too much and must distill this glut of information into a dramatic, readable narrative that will hold a reader. That means using many of the techniques of fiction, but also being true to the events. The examples prompted me to buy several of the memoirs discussed. This book would be very helpful for anyone considering writing a memoir and it's a terrific cross-section of the genre for anyone wanting to read some of the best. ~Joan Mazza, author of DREAM BACK YOUR LIFE, DREAMING YOUR REAL SELF, and 3 books in The Guided Journal Series with Writer's Digest.
Faell
Interesting essays by various writers. If you are supposed to be writing your memoir but looking for any excuse not to actually write it, really great. Shows how you can expose yourself without knowing it, your own insecurities and ignorance.
Skiletus
Found this mother lode of memior writing In the midsit of rewriting the final draft of the of my concluding memoir of the" Mother Lode" trilogy. The thoughts and machinations of their own memoir stories. The agony of soul searching, what to put in and what sensitive stuff to leave out. The humor of people and situations of family and friends from the perspective of the past. The importance of the time gap to distance themselves form the events in their past lives Ten successful writers, with ten different viewpoints and methods provided an priceless insights in how I should tackle my own story. As I complete my own memoir; "My Mad Mother" I definitely plan on augmenting my work by reading the memoir of these reverse and wonderful writers; William Zinsser, "Introduction", Russell Baker; "Life With Mother", Jill Ker Conway; "The Road from Coorain", Frank McCourt, "Angela's Ashes" a reread, Eileen Simpson; "Poets in Their Youth", Henry Louis Gates Jr., "Colored People", Alfred Kazin; "A Walker in the City", Annie Dillard; "An American Childhood", Ian Frazier: "Family", Toni Morrison; "The Site of Memory". All these authors have enriched my craft of writing the memoir.
While Mr. Zinsser is a writer of some repute, he has little to say about the mechanics of writing a memoir or autobiography. All I remember from his book is that his family ran a paint factory.

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