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My Take on John Gardner

February 13, 2011

Just wanted to recommend pretty much anything by John Gardner. I read one of his stories directed at “young” fiction writers which (and the Boston Globe agreed with me) was attractive as an adult aid, too. Right now, I’m reading his book On Becoming a Novelist and I’ve read a half million books about this business and to be honest, John Gardner, Donald Maass (literary agent, gives the nitty gritty) and John DuFresne (The Lie that Tells a Truth) are solid gold.

Suffice it to say that I haven’t read everything those three authors have written, but I’ve read enough to make the leap to say this; I’d trust anything they put out as useful and absolutely necessary to the aspiring fiction writer and/or novelist.


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