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The Art of Revision

Subtitle
The Last Word
Author 1
Peter Ho Davies
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In The Art of Revision: The Last Word, Peter Ho Davies takes up an often discussed yet frequently misunderstood subject. He begins by addressing the invisibility of revision—even though it’s an essential part of the writing process, readers typically only see a final draft, leaving the practice shrouded in mystery. To combat this, Davies pulls examples from his novels The Welsh Girl and The Fortunes, as well as from the work of other writers, including Flannery O’Connor, Carmen Maria Machado, and Raymond Carver, shedding light on this slippery subject.

Davies also looks beyond literature to work that has been adapted or rewritten, such as books made into films, stories rewritten by another author, and the practice of retconning in comics and film. In an affecting frame story, Davies recounts the story of a violent encounter in his youth, which he then retells over the years, culminating in a final telling at the funeral of his father. In this way, the book arrives at an exhilarating mode of thinking about revision—that it is the writer who must change, as well as the writing. The result is a book that is as useful as it is moving, one that asks writers to reflect upon themselves and their writing.
 

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$14.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-039-0
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Format
Paperback
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Pages
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192
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Series
Trim Size
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5 x 7
Keynote
The fifteenth volume in the Art of Series takes an expansive view of revision—on the page and in life

About the Author

Peter Ho Davies
Credit: Lynne Raughley

Peter Ho Davies is the author of three novels, including A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself, and two story collections. The winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award and the PEN/Malamud Prize, he teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor.

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  • “A fresh perspective on revision that should inspire even apprehensive writers."Kirkus Reviews
     
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