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How to Make Darkness a Character: Oppressive Environment in Borchert’s “Do Stay, Giraffe"

I first was exposed to Wolfgang Borchert in The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Daniel Halpern. Borchert (1921-1947) was a German author and actor, who fought in World War II before succumbing to liver failure. 851 more words

Matters Of Craft

The Long and Short of It

Most writers understand their own writing process and at a certain point become comfortable “owning” it. That is to say, they become comfortable with their own neurotic way of getting the words swirling around in their head down onto paper. 643 more words

Matters Of Craft

A Most Appalling Evening: Sexual Assault and Point-of-View in McEwan’s ATONEMENT

Atonement, the 2001 novel by British author Ian McEwan, is a landmark of contemporary literary fiction, imbued throughout with the very craft elements that define this sub-genre: well-developed characters; a complex story line; and gorgeous, often poetic narrative. 1,116 more words

Matters Of Craft

Tinkering around with Language

Whenever I read a book, I’m on the lookout for unique things an author might do with language. Do they invent new words? Is onomatopoeia used to enrich the narrative? 807 more words

Matters Of Craft