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The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers

A Guide for Writers and Readers

Author: Ayn Rand  

Culled from sixteen informal lectures Ayn Rand delivered to a select audience in the late 1960s, this remarkable work offers indispensable guidance to the aspiring writer of nonfiction while providing readers with a fascinating discourse on art and creation. Based on the concept that the ability to create quality nonfiction is a skill that can be learned like any other, The Art of Nonfiction takes readers through the writing process, step-by-step, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way.

In these edited transcripts, Rand discusses the psychological aspects of writing, and the different roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. From choosing a subject to polishing a draft to mastering an individual writing style — for authors of theoretical works or those leaning toward journalistic reporting — this crucial resource introduces the words and ideas of one of our most enduring authors to a new generation.

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Culled from sixteen informal lectures Ayn Rand delivered to a select audience in the late 1960s, this remarkable work offers indispensable guidance to the aspiring writer of nonfiction while providing readers with a fascinating discourse on art and creation. Based on the concept that the ability to create quality nonfiction is a skill that can be learned like any other, The Art of Nonfiction takes readers through the writing process, step-by-step, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way.

In these edited transcripts, Rand discusses the psychological aspects of writing, and the different roles played by the conscious and subconscious mind. From choosing a subject to polishing a draft to mastering an individual writing style — for authors of theoretical works or those leaning toward journalistic reporting — this crucial resource introduces the words and ideas of one of our most enduring authors to a new generation.

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In The Art of Nonfiction, Ayn Rand takes readers step by step through the writing process, providing insightful observations and invaluable techniques along the way. She discusses the psychological aspects of writing and the different roles played by the conscious and unconscious minds. She talks about setting thought and truth down on paper; selecting a subject and theme ("If you have nothing new to say, no matter how brilliantly you can say it, do not do it"); identifying your audience; and navigating the slippery landscape of style ("Clarity and precision are the only absolutes").

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About the Author

AYN RAND is the author of "Anthem, The Fountainhead, " and "Atlas Shrugged", and numerous non-fiction essays on philosophy, ethics, politics, art, and literature. Her philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience of adherents and admirers. She died in March 1982.

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Product Details

Publisher
Plume Books | Plume
Published
31st January 2001
Pages
192
ISBN
9780452282315
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