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Publisher Description

The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher

Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer’s craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades. McPhee offers definitive guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny. In one essay, he considers the delicate art of getting sources to tell you what they might not otherwise reveal. In another, he discusses how to use flashback to place a bear encounter in a travel narrative while observing that “readers are not supposed to notice the structure. It is meant to be about as visible as someone’s bones.” The result is a vivid depiction of the writing process, from reporting to drafting to revising—and revising, and revising.

Draft No. 4 is enriched by multiple diagrams and by personal anecdotes and charming reflections on the life of a writer. McPhee describes his enduring relationships with The New Yorker and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and recalls his early years at Time magazine. Throughout, Draft No. 4 is enlivened by his keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world.

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2017
September 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
208
Pages
PUBLISHER
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
3.7
MB

Customer Reviews

waldhaus1 ,

Inspiring book about writing

Part of me would like to be a writer, a storyteller. I suspect that ambition arises from the stories my father told when I was a boy, and my love of reading. I live on the threshold of being a bookworm. Which side of the threshold I'm not sure. McPhee talks about his life as a writer and teacher of writing in a manner that can be called entertaining, inspiring, and educational. I have nothing more to ask. He is an author I'd like to know.

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