Living By Fiction by Annie DillardLiving By Fiction by Annie Dillard

Living By Fiction

byAnnie Dillard

Paperback | January 5, 2000

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Living by Fiction is written for--and dedicated to--people who love literature. Dealing with writers such as Nabokov, Barth, Coover, Pynchon, Borges, García Márquez, Beckett, and Calvino, Annie Dillard shows why fiction matters and how it can reveal more of the modern world and modern thinking than all the academic sciences combined. Like Joyce Cary's Art and Reality, this is a book by a writer on the issues raised by the art of literature. Readers of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Holy the Firm will recognize Dillard's vivid writing, her humor, and the lively way in which she tackles the urgent questions of meaning in experience itself.

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Title:Living By FictionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.43 inPublished:January 5, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060915447

ISBN - 13:9780060915445


From Our Editors

With television, movies, computers and video games, there are lots of activities that vie for our time and attention. Does this mean that reading novels is a thing of the past? In Living by Fiction, Annie Dillard argues that fiction can tell us a lot about the world in which we live. Dillard examines the writings of such legends as Nabokov, Pynchon, Borges and Garcia Marquez and describes how works of fiction affect different cultures and countries. This book will interest sociologists and anyone with a love for literature.

Editorial Reviews

"Everyone who timidly, bombastically, reverently, scholastically--even fraudulently--essays to 'live the life of the mind' should read this book. It's elegant and classy, like caviar and champagne, and like these two items, it's over much too soon." (Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times)