• “One of the essential books for any writer’s library. With imagination and breathtaking dedication, [Gardner] trained a generation of young writers to reach for the highest artistic standards . . .” - Charles Johnson

  • “The book is the result of John Gardner’s twenty-odd years of teaching experience, and it shows . . . He answers exactly the questions that a dedicated writing student would be most likely to ask . . . A satisfaction to those who wonder, with growing frustration, just exactly how it’s done.” - Anne Tyler

  • “A classic.” Joyce Carol Oates

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