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Your First Page: First Pages and What They Tell Us about the Pages That Follow Them - by Peter Selgin

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Number of Pages: 360

Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Broadview Press Inc

Author: Peter Selgin

Language: English

Street Date: July 30, 2019
TCIN: 77897320
UPC: 9781554814732
Item Number (DPCI): 247-64-1444

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Praise for the first edition

"I have long taught the critical importance of the first few pages of any work of fiction. What a delight to find a smart, perceptive, enormously useful book that focuses on the craft and technique issues of these same make-or-break first 500 words. I heartily recommend Peter Selgin's Your First Page to any aspiring young writer." -- Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

"Like a detective dusting for fingerprints, in Your First Page Peter Selgin demonstrates how a close examination of the opening paragraphs of a story, novel, or essay can reveal much more than a beginning writer might imagine: the entire work's DNA. In example after example, he demonstrates the kind of close reading that will serve any writer well and offers sound advice on exposition, scene, characterization, point of view, style, and many more essential components of effective prose. Though it can serve the individual writer toiling away at home, I look forward to sharing it with students in my classes, too." -- Peter Turchi, author of A Muse and A Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic

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