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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert D. Richardson Narrator: Gary D. MacFadden Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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Writing was the central passion of Emerson's life. While his thoughts on the craft are well developed in The Poet, The American Scholar, Nature, Goethe, and Persian Poetry, less well known are the many pages in his private journals devoted to the relationship between writing and reading. Here, for the first time, is the Concord Sage's energetic, exuberant, and unconventional advice on the idea of writing, focused and distilled by the preeminent Emerson biographer at work today.

Emerson advised that the way to write is to throw your body at the mark when your arrows are spent. First We Read, Then We Write contains numerous such surprises - from every word we speak is million-faced to talent alone cannot make a writer - but it is no mere collection of aphorisms and exhortations. Instead, in Robert Richardson's hands, the biographical and historical context in which Emerson worked becomes clear. Emerson's advice grew from his personal experience; in practically every moment of his adult life he was either preparing to write, trying to write, or writing. Richardson shows us an Emerson who is no granite bust, but instead is a fully fleshed, creative person disarmingly willing to confront his own failures.

Emerson urges his readers to try anything - strategies, tricks, makeshifts - speaking not only of the nuts and bolts of writing but also of the grain and sinew of his determination. Whether a writer by trade or a novice, every reader will find something to treasure in this volume. Fearlessly wrestling with the birthing stage of art, Emerson's counsel on being a reader and writer will be read and reread for years to come.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Lee | 11/25/2013

    " Not a bad little book. Quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan | 11/17/2013

    " Slim and elegant. Richardson, for my money, is as good of a biographer as exists. This book nails the moral perfectionist impulse in Emerson's prose better than any I know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riku Sayuj | 8/25/2013

    " This excuses all the reading... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 6/2/2013

    " All in all, a decent book, but for the most part it just reminded me why I don't much care for Emerson's writing. There were some helpful nuggets, but I don't expect I'll be picking up anything by Emerson any time soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas DeWolf | 4/24/2013

    " For anyone who writes or dreams of writing, I highly recommend this wonderful book about Ralph Waldo Emerson's views on writing. Read my full review at my blog: Inheriting the Trade "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 3/11/2013

    " This is one of the best books I've ever read about writing. Read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 10/16/2012

    " Nothing terribly insightful or original. While it was thoughtful and gave the occasional glimpse of Emerson's inner workings as a writer, I ended up feeling that it's best just to stick with the man himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Staci | 8/17/2012

    " This is a good, small volume with many quotes from Emerson's works expressing his views toward writing. The first half is more exhilarating than the second; not sure why though. But still a good book to see what a renowned writer thought about writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 7/28/2012

    " Robert D. Richardson is a brilliant writer. "

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