The destiny thief / Richard Russo.Material type: BookPublisher: London : Allen & Unwin, 2019Copyright date: ©2018Description: 205 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781760632625 (hardback).Other title: Destiny thief : essays on writing, writers and life.Uniform titles: Essays. Selections Subject(s): American essays -- 21st centuryGenre/Form: Essays.DDC classification: 814/.54
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Originally published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
The destiny thief -- The gravestone and the commode (The Sewanee review, summer 2017) -- Getting good (The Sewanee review, fall 2017) -- Address to the 2004 graduates of Colby College -- The pickwick papers (introduction to Modern Library Classics edition, 2003) -- Imagining Jenny (afterword to Jennifer Boylan's She's not there: a life in two genders, 2003) -- What frogs think: a defense of omniscience -- Mark twain's nonfiction (introduction to volume 2, Everyman's Library edition, 2016) -- The boss in Bulgaria.
A master of the novel, short story and memoir, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Everybody's Fool now gives us his very first collection of personal essays, thoughts on writing, reading and living. In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend and reader. From a commencement speech to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humour in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors. Warm, funny, wise and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo's writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to read, they give deep insight into the creative process from the perspective of one of our greatest writers.